TOP 2 in NJ. TOP 53 in the Nation
The Center for Education Reform (CER) honored 53 of the nation's best charter schools as part of its National Charter School of the Year program held May 16, 2007 in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club on Capitol Hill. Chosen from the nation's nearly 4,000 charter schools for their achievement, innovation, and accountability, the honorees hailed from 24 states.
All 3,940 U.S. charter schools were eligible for the honor. The selection process began in the fall of 2006, with all schools asked to respond to CER's annual survey. A small percentage of survey respondents were invited to submit - and ultimately submitted - detailed information for consideration for this recognition.
Evaluation of the schools proceeded along four themes: achievement; planning and execution; satisfaction; and policies and programs. Each theme included additional criteria (12 in total), such as improvement over time; percentage of at-risk students served; meeting mission and goals; and parental involvement. CER identified 53 exceptional schools deserving recognition.
Other Honors and Awards Received
- National Service-Learning Leader School
- New Jersey Service-Learning Leader School
- Model School for Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
- And many more...
An Introduction to the Hoboken Charter School
The Hoboken Charter School was conceived and developed by a group of Hoboken parents and professional educators. On January 15, 1997, HCS was chartered by New Jersey State Commissioner of Education Leo Klagholz. Our charter was renewed in 2001 and again in 2006. The school's founders believe that a community composed of learners of all ages fosters a spirit of collaboration that is a necessary part of a successful educational experience. We believe that students thrive in environments where expectations are clear and consistent at all levels, and where students are known -- not only by their peers, but by the entire school community. An emphasis on curriculum that places the student at the center of inquiry is the foundation for the school's four critical learning "cornerstones." These cornerstones are: rigorous academics, arts literacy, and personal and civic growth.
Through service learning, students bring the community into the classroom and extend the walls of the classroom out into the community. Service learning offers a way to tie the curriculum to community action. Students at the Hoboken Charter School identify community problems; design, implement, and evaluate action plans; and engage in ongoing personal reflection. Through these experiences, students become active, contributing members of the school community, the city of Hoboken, and beyond. In developing this approach, the Hoboken Charter School has developed relationships with a wide variety of individuals and groups within the Hoboken community.
This orientation to action is modeled by the Hoboken Charter School staff. Through their participation in a school-based teacher-as-researcher program, teachers not only gain insight into the pursuit of understanding and the practice of teaching, but redefine their roles as educators, researchers and policy makers. In addition, as a public institution, the Hoboken Charter School encourages parents and community members to utilize the resources of the school as a site for their own lifelong learning.
Dear HCS Families, If you have been displaced from the district in which you resided when you registered with HCS due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, please notify the school, so we can support you in finding available resources and to ensure that we have proper paperwork needed for the NJDOE regarding residency. If your child is in grades K-8, please contact Maria Spinella at 201-963-0222 ext. 217. If your child is in grades 9-12, please contact Kim Edgar at 201-963-3280 ext. 221.
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Elementary and Middle School
255 Congress St.
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Hoboken Charter School
4th & Garden Streets
Hoboken, NJ 07030