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.

Honors and Awards received by the Hoboken Charter School

  1. National Charter School of the Year by The Center for Education Reform (one of two schools recognized in NJ and one of fifty-three recognized in the nation in 2007)
  2. National Service-Learning Leader School
  3. New Jersey Service-Learning Leader School
  4. Model School for Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
  5. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County Recognition for Our Commitment to the Organization and our Community’s Youth

Honors and Awards received by the Hoboken Charter School students

  1. 1st Place in the NJ North Elementary division of the Stock Market Game
  2. Hoboken City Council Women’s History Month local woman leader honoree
  3. Semifinalist in the Future Engineers Challenge sponsored by NASA
  4. First Lego League Robotics top tier placement and Rookie Inspiration Award and 2nd Place Project Award recipients
  5. Carnegie Hall on stage performance winners
  6. HOPES Community Action Partnership’s teen entrepreneur program startup grant recipients
  7. Girls Who Code project national recognition
  8. AENJ State Art Award
  9. Hudson County Alliance of Teen Artists Award
  10. ProjectCSGirls Semifinalists
  11. Celebrating Art Publications
  12. Rotary Scholarship Award
  13. Rotary “Be A Gift To the World” Conference 2016 Co-Chairs
  14. “Excellent” rating for 5/6 Band, 7/8 Band and Jazz Band at High Notes Music Festival
  15. First place in the City of Hoboken’s Veterans Day essay competition
  16. Future City Competition awards: Safest City Award, Most Innovative Power Generation System Award, Most Sustainable City Award, and Best Use of Land Surveying Practices Award
  17. First place in the New Jersey Charter School Athletic League Championship for boy’s basketball
  18. Recognition on national websites such as: the History Channel, NASA, littleBits, Girls Who Code, and the Huffington Post
  19. Third place in New Jersey Region Future City competition
  20. Eighth place in The Jersey Journal-Hudson County Spelling Bee
  21. Third place in the Future Engineers Star Trek Replicator Challenge
  22. First place in the Stevens Math Olympiad
  23. Fifth place over all in the North Jersey Science Olympiad including first place finishes in Crossword Science and Which Way is North? and second place in Write It/Do It events.

Honors and Awards received by the Hoboken Charter School staff


  1. Grammy Music Educator Award – Quarter Finalist
  2. New Jersey Charter Schools Association – Administrator of the Year
  3. New Jersey Charter Schools Association Innovator of the Year Award
  4. New Jersey Charter Schools Association Advocate of the Year Award
  5. Outstanding Young Educator Award, awarded by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  6. Promising Practices Award, awarded by the Character Education Partnership (CEP), presented to eight HCS staff for the following projects:
  • -Healing Choir
  • -Blank Slates, Understanding Civil Rights
  • -Journeys- Hudson River Curriculum
  • -Teaching Social Studies Through a Social Justice Framework
  • -Art and Character Education
  • -Senior E.Y.E.S Project
  • -Hope Dolls and Bedding for Babies
  • -Daring Drama
  • -Governor’s State Teaching Award
  1. One of ten Teaching Ambassador Fellows to the U.S. Department of Education
  2. Teacher of the Year – NJ SEEDS
  3. Maud Dahme Award
  4. State Farm National Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award finalist
  5. Excellence in Health Education Recognition Award through the American Association for Health Education
  6. Geraldine R. Dodge Teaching Fellow
  7. National Teacher of the Year via the Moss Foundation for Children’s Education
  8. Walt Disney HAND Award for Creative Teaching – top 100 teachers in America
  9. Office Max- National A Day Made Better Award
  10. Eva’s Village Service Award, awarded by the anti-poverty program, Eva’s Village (two recipients from HCS)
  11. Princeton Premier Business Leaders and Professionals Recognition
  12. Reverend Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe, Ed.D. One Step Beyond Award
  13. New Jersey Charter Public Schools Association Teacher of the Year nominee
  14. Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching nominee
  15. American Stars of Teaching nominees (two HCS teachers nominated)
  16. Mr. Duff’s AGGG!!! (Art of Greater Gravity and Giving) art and service-learning club for teens and pre-teens has gone national and is being embraced by schools and youth organizations across America including the New Jersey Boys and Girls Clubs.
  17. H2O for Life Recognition for Service Learning by Mr. Duff and our students for their work over the past ten years.

Presentations led by the Hoboken Charter School staff

  1. Building More Globally-Conscious and Engaged Students through Service-Learning at the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Teachers’ Conference 2010, Singapore
  2. Service-Learning – Theoretical Background and Practical Application in K-12 Schools at the Independent School Leadership Institute at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, Nashville, TN
  3. Setting a Character Education Research Agenda at Character Education Partnership’s National Forum on Character Education, Washington, D.C.
  4. Innovative Strategies for Recruiting, Retaining and Compensating America’s Teacher Corps Examined on the U.S. Department of Education’s monthly TV show Education News Parents Can Use
  5. Educating for Social Justice presentation at the opening general session at ASCD’s Annual Conference and Exhibit Show alongside Alma Powell with an estimated attendance of 7,000 people, New Orleans, LA
  6. Lessons from the Field at ASCD’s Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, New Orleans, LA
  7. Effectively Incorporating Social Justice Learning into Curricula and Ask the Experts at ASCD’s Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, Orlando, FL
  8. Service-Learning at the Union County Education Commission
  9. Teachers in Support of Charter School Financing at the State House, Trenton, New Jersey
  10. Integration of Service-Learning into the Curriculum at the Hudson County Curriculum Consortium

Publications by the Hoboken Charter School staff

  1. ASCD Review, article entitled “Socially Responsible Students through Service-Learning” was written about Hoboken Charter’s School’s use of service-learning and was published in the December 2010/January 2011 annual journal that is lodged in Singapore’s National Library.
  2. Educational Leadership, article entitled “A Culture of Service-Learning” featured service-learning at Hoboken Charter School and was published in the May 2009 issue with an estimated distribution of 190,000 people.
  3. Education Update, eleven monthly articles on current educational topics were written by an HCS staff member and published with an estimated distribution of 190,000 people.