The Hoboken Charter School is a K-12 community of learners that seeks to develop the academic, artistic, personal and civic growth of all its members through its commitment to service learning and learner-centered education.

The mission of the Hoboken Charter School reflects our belief that a successful educational experience can only take place when attention is given to the development of the whole child — a break with the traditional concept of schooling. We envision a community composed of learners of all ages that fosters a spirit of supportive interdependence, where individuals can grow in a nurturing, compassionate environment that reflects the history and diversity of the larger Hoboken community.

Students thrive when expectations are clear and consistent at all levels and when they are known personally, not only by their peers, but by the entire school community. In our K-12 school, the values underlying a student’s education do not vary as the child progresses. This makes the transition from Lower, Middle and Upper School more fluid, allowing each step to build more solidly on the preceding one.

Our school brings together students of all ages and abilities in a spirit of collaborative inquiry and understanding that is driven by the unique talents and abilities of all of its members. The value to young students of seeing older students achieve and enjoy learning cannot be overstated. This relationship provides younger students with a concrete lesson on the benefits of working hard and achieving goals. Older students gain a sense of pride and accomplishment through their work as role models.

This positive reinforcement is consistent with our theme of service learning. Through community service experience, problem identification, action, and evaluation, and through ongoing personal reflection, students become contributing members of the school community, the community of Hoboken and beyond.

The Hoboken Charter School recognizes that teachers and students must be given the appropriate time and space in which to work and learn. Moreover, this work and learning must be focused on the continuing development of the learners’ minds. We insist that students clearly exhibit mastery of their school work and that the teachers engage in continual re-examination of their practice. We also encourage parents and community members to use the school to further their own continuing education and personal development. To achieve these ends, we seek to provide meaningful and appropriate incentives for students, teachers, parents and community partners to succeed. Underlying these efforts is a structure and system of governance that is simple and flexible and therefore able to meet the unique needs of a diverse population and community.

The four cornerstones of the Hoboken Charter School — academic, artistic, personal, and civic growth — are unified by two basic educational practices: learner-centered education and service learning. A learner-centered school is a place where teachers and students are committed to one another and share collectively in the school vision. Service learning provides students with a way to apply what they have learned in school in meaningful ways within their community.

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