Academy for Tomorrow's Teachers

Program Description
This Allentown High School program is designed for those students who feel they may be called to serve this world as future educators. The program will provide them with the knowledge and practical experience to confirm their calling and to prepare them to pursue teacher education programs at the collegiate level. All students accepted into the program will have automatic membership in the New Jersey Future Educators' Association and will be able to participate in NJFEA conferences and service projects.

The program's sequence of courses and experiences is outlined below by grade level. It culminates with an education course students may take for college credit and with a supervised internship in a K-12 classroom.

  • Grade 9 - Intro to Teaching and Classroom Observations
  • Grade 10 - Sociology and Psychology courses
  • Grade 11 - Tomorrow's Teachers course (college credit) (includes some observations as part of course)
  • Grade 12 - Practicum - working inside classrooms and observations

Application Process

  1. For non-resident applicants, if your student is currently registered with his/her resident district, download and complete the Notice of Intent to Participate Form. Submit this form by December 1, 2023 to your home district or charter school and obtain a signed receipt acknowledging that you submitted the form. Keep the receipt for your records. By law, a resident district must be informed if a student intends to participate in the choice program.
  2. Download and complete the AHS Choice Application or contact the Parent Information Center to have it mailed to you.
  3. Submit a letter of interest for the program
  4. Collect the following documents:
    • An official school transcript documenting at least a "B" average
    • A teacher recommendation
    • A recommendation from a community member
    • A list of community service activities or involvements
    • A letter addressed to the Tomorrow's Teachers Selection Committee explaining your interest in the program and in the field of teaching.
  5. Non-resident students, please mail the General Choice Application together with all of the documents listed above no later than December 1, 2023 to:

    AHS Choice Program Coordinator
    Attention: Carri Natalicchio
    27 High Street, Allentown, NJ 08501

  6. Residents of UFRSD and Millstone, please return the General Choice Application no later than April 9, 2024.
Allentown High School
Choice Coordinator
Todd Pae, Principal
(609) 259-7292 ext. 1702
Upper Freehold Regional School District
27 High Street, Allentown, NJ 08501
(609) 259-7292

* All interested resident students who meet the admission requirements will be offered a place in this program.

Transportation Note to Parents: Transportation of Choice students is not guaranteed. If the cost of transportation will exceed $1,000, the parent/guardian will be given $1,000 as aid in lieu of transportation and, in some cases, the option of receiving the transportation and paying the additional amount over $1,000. By August 1, 2024, parents should receive notification of their transportation options from the resident district. For more information, read the Transportation Procedures for Choice students.