Hoboken Charter School is managed by a Board of Trustees made up of parents, educators and community members. The Board of Trustees meeting dates can be found on our school calendar. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. with exceptions noted on the school calendar. The meeting location is 713 Washington Street. The 4th Wednesday of the month is reserved for committees which may meet at an alternate time and location. Changes are communicated via announcements in local papers, City Hall, the school website, and weekly school community communications.
Dedicated to charting a course of success for today and tomorrow’s children, the Hoboken Charter School’s mission is to empower all students with an exceptional foundation that actualizes their unique potential.
To provide and exceptional educational foundation, the Board, in active collaboration with the staff, the family and the community and using a clear system of accountability, will provide the tools to ensure that our students and staff shall:
- Work cooperatively in a safe, supportive and challenging learning environment that addresses individual learning needs;
- Apply problem-solving strategies and critical thinking skills learned through written, oral, technological and experiential application in and out of the classroom;
- Practice good citizenship by fostering respect for one’s self and others through a better understanding of the needs of a diverse society;
- Fully integrate technology into the learning experience using creative and effective teaching techniques;
- Appreciate, preserve and promote the quality and professionalism of the staff, administration and Board of Trustees.
In order to achieve educational goals for children, the Board of Trustees of Hoboken Charter School will strive to implement the following educational methods:
A. Insure that all instruction bears relevancy to the present of future needs and interest of students.
B. Insure that students have opportunities consistent with their ages to determine the nature of their educational experiences.
C. Insure that specialized and individual kinds of educational experiences are available for meeting the particular needs of students.
D. Insure that teachers are provided the opportunities to participate in planning curricula, procedures and regulations of the school district.
E. Insure that the resources available for education are used with maximum efficiency.
F. Insure that instructional, administrative, and support staffs are of high quality in every respect.
G. Insure constructive cooperation among parents, teachers, and community groups.
Education Outcome Goals
As a base for its educational program and in accordance with the requirements of the State, the Board of Trustees of the Hoboken Charter School, following consultation with teaching staff members, parents and other residents of this district, adopts the following educational outcome goals for every pupil in this district.
A. Develop a desire for learning now and in the future.
B. Develop skills in mathematics, reading, writing, speaking and listening.
C. Gain a fundamental education in physical and biological sciences, social sciences and history.
D. Learn how to obtain, examine and use information to think critically and solve problems.
E. Develop good character and self-esteem.
F. Develop pride in work and feeling of self worth.
G. Learn to respect and get along with people with whom we work and live.
H. Learn how to be a good citizen by understanding and practicing democratic ideas and ideals.
I. Understand and practice the concepts of health and safety.
J. Appreciate culture and beauty in the world.
K. Understand and practice the skills of family living.
L. Learn how to respect diverse cultures and beliefs and to get along with people who think, dress, and act differently.
M. Learn about and try to understand the changes that take place in the world.
N. Learn how to be a good manager of time, money, property, and resources.
O. Understand how to use leisure time for personal enhancement.
P. Develop and understanding of various careers and the world of work
Community Complaints and Inquiries
Families and staff may have inquiries or complaints at times. In these circumstances, they should address the matter with the staff member point of contact as listed in the school policies and guidelines books. The first point of contact is typically the individual who most directly oversees a program (classroom teacher, club coordinator, etc.). When a satisfactory answer has not been supplied, families and staff are encouraged to pursue the inquiry or complaint with the building principal. If the matter is not addressed satisfactorily at the building principal level, the individual should reach out to the Executive Director. After these steps have been taken, the family can bring an unresolved matter to the Board of Trustees. Additionally, in the case of a potential violation of the Charter School Act of 1995, families are welcome to reach out to the Board grievance committee as can be reached at [email protected]. This committee consists of the Friends Representative to the Board of Trustees, The Chair of the Board of Trustees’ Management Committee, the President of the Friends of Hoboken Charter School, an HCS teacher and at least one other Board of Trustees member. In addition to the members of the grievance committee receiving this email, the entire board, Executive Director and Board Secretary will be a recipient of the email.