CENTRAL ISLIP - Federal, state and local officials helped open a stimulating education center in Central Islip on Tuesday.

The Exploration Academy Campus will include four schools for the district's sixth-grade students. Mulligan Middle School will house the Health and Medical Sciences Academy and Visual Media Arts Academy, while Reed Middle School will house the Forensic Legal Sciences Academy and Performing Arts Academy. Both schools are located on the same property.

Students will be able to choose their own academic program, a move school officials say will serve as better motivation.

Classes begin Sept. 9.