NJ School Choice

Choose Clayton Public Schools

The New Jersey Interdistrict School Choice Program provides the opportunity for non-resident students to attend Clayton Public School District at no cost to their parents/guardians.  The School Choice Program at Clayton is available for grade 9 through grade 12 and includes transportation options. For more information about the New Jersey Interdistrict School Choice Program, visit www.nj.gov/education/choice.


Why Choose Clayton?

Students are the top priority at Clayton School District.

Choosing Clayton School District will provide your child with a unique learning experience. Clayton’s administration and faculty take pride in giving students individualized instruction to enhance overall achievement. Clayton graduates for the 2018-2019 school year received more than $800,000 and will be attending some of the best colleges and universities in the country, such as:

  • College of New Jersey
  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Cornell University
  • Farleigh Dickinson University
  • LaSalle University
  • Monmouth University
  • Moore College of Art & Design
  • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • Rowan University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Temple University
  • University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Valley Forge Military College
  • Wesley College


The Clayton School District employs 126 licensed faculty members that hold 40 Master’s Degrees and average over 7 years of experience. The faculty is supported by over 21 support staff that assist teachers in serving approximately 1500 students.


School System

National rankings place Clayton Public School District among one of the top high schools in the Country (Newsweek’s America’s Top High Schools (2014) and US News & World Report 2010, 2012).  Clayton has strong academics across the curriculum and is full of tradition and spirit with students who work hard, are proud of their school and successfully move on to pursue a college degree. Please take time to discover who we are.

  • Small class sizes and teachers that are connected with their students
  • 15 to 1 student-educator ratio
  • Concurrent credit classes
  • Computer labs in K-12
  • Hands on technology learning- Clear Touch Interactive 10 – point touch Panels
  • State of the Art Video Production Studio
  • Active volunteer program and community partnerships with schools
  • Online parent access to students grades, attendance, and assignments
  • State of the art Science Labs and Art Labs
  • Drug prevention programs
  • D.A.R.E. Program sponsored in partnership with the Clayton Police Department
  • ACT prep
  • Gifted and Talented Program
  • After school tutoring for all students
  • Competitive athletic teams with strong leadership
  • Brand new track, baseball, soccer and softball fields
  • Extra-curricular activities – Basketball, football, baseball, softball, cheerleading, band, choir, drama
    Numerous clubs and other organizations
  • State accredited curriculum
  • On site nurse, counselors, Family Resource Center and Special Education services
  • Distance Learning


About the Program

Clayton School District has invested time, money, and resources to align our curriculum with the National Common Core Standards, train teachers in best educational practices, expand our course offerings, and provide student services. The 2011 renovation at Clayton High School included additional classroom/lab space, new athletic fields, and a greenhouse. Students and teachers have access to the most recent technological tools to assist in teaching and learning. All three of the district’s schools offer “smart” classrooms, with interactive technology, including Smart Boards and document cameras. Our students have use of iPads and computers within their classrooms.

Our students also have a wide variety of activities, clubs, and sports to become involved in, including our very successful JROTC program. Additionally, we offer on-line courses so that our students are given access to an abundance of opportunities and areas of study. All of this leads to a great environment for success for the students of the Clayton Public School District.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour, please contact the Superintendent, Mr. Nikolaos Koutsogiannis at 856.881.8700 ext. 3052 or email nkoutsogiannis@claytonps.org.

Parent Information Center

Contact Number: 856-881-8700, ext. 3052

E-mail:  nkoutsogiannis@claytonps.org (Nikolaos Koutsogiannis – Superintendent)

Website: www.claytonps.org

Click here to view our District School Choice profile (PDF)

Application Procedures and Timeline
  • Print and complete Clayton Public School District’s School Choice Application. This must be received by Clayton no later than December 1, 2021
  • Print and complete the Notice of Intent to Participate form. This must be received by your resident District no later than December 1, 2021
  • After you have submitted these documents, you should expect to receive one of the following from Clayton Public School District by December 22, 2021: (1) Notice of Conditional Acceptance Letter (2) Rejection Letter or (3) Wait Listing Letter
  • If you receive the Notice of Conditional Acceptance Letter, your next step would be to submit the Notice of Intent to Enroll form to Clayton Public School District no later than January 6, 2022.
  • To review the NJ School Choice Timeline click here
  • If you have any questions, contact Rosalyn Downes at 856.881.8700 ext. 3051 or email via rdownes@claytonps.org
  • Please Note: The application cycle for the 2020-2021 school year has ended.
School Choice Forms

The parent/guardian should obtain an application from the Choice School District in which the student is interested in applying and submit the completed application to the Choice School District by the deadline set forth by the NJ Department of Education in the NJ School Choice Timeline. Students accepted into the Clayton Public School District through the NJ School Choice Program, may remain in the Clayton Public School District until student graduates or transfers out. There are transportation options for students participating in the NJ School Choice Program; detailed information is available in the Transportation Procedures packet.

Click on each form below to print OR pick-up at the Clayton Board of Education Office, 350 East Clinton Street: