"I believe that integrating technology into teaching will be a new paradigm shift in K-12 education. Our primary objective is to help contribute to this paradigm shift, by implementing all available and original technology-integration ideas/techniques into K-12 education." More
North Jersey Arts and Science Charter Schools (NJASCS) is a growing and progressing chain of a school system located in Bergen and Passaic counties providing high quality education to its striving students. NJASCS is the name entitled to the collaboration of Bergen, Passaic and Paterson Arts and Science Charter Schools. NJASCS is a paragon of Bergen Arts and Science Charter School (Bergen-ASCS), which was the foundation that engendered the growth of this educational establishment further leading to the development of Passaic and Paterson Arts and Science Charter Schools (Passaic-ASCS, Paterson-ASCS).
Bergen-ASCS was established back in 2007 starting off at it’s initial position serving its inhibiting students ranging from the grade levels of K to 5th grade. In the oncoming years, Bergen-ASCS progressed to reach its maximum capacity of grade levels K-8th Grade. Due to high demand and parental recommendations, Bergen-ASCS has applied to the State Department of Education for a high school expansion. The same year, Bergen-ASCS also applied an application, Passaic Arts and Science Charter School, to expand its successful educational model to those who reside in the City of Passaic. Both applications have been granted by the State Department of Education. According to the permitted and approved applications, Bergen was given the consent to grow to become a school serving from grades K-12 by adding a grade level every year. Passaic-ASCS was given permission to initially begin as a K-5 school to progress to become a K-8 school system.
With these approvals we were bestowed with, in the 2010-2011 academic year, Bergen/Passaic-ASCS schools began serving their students in three different facilities: Bergen-ASCS Elementary located in Garfield (K-6), Bergen-ASCS Middle/High in Hackensack (7-9), and Passaic-ASCS in Passaic City (K-5). The same year, Bergen/Passaic-ASCS has reached as far as to opening it’s headquarters eventually becoming the Central Office, in Elmwood Park, the mastermind facility that guides its schools to prosperity and success. In the 2012-2013 year, Bergen-ASCS is approved to inaugurate another charter school, Paterson Arts and Science Charter School (Paterson-ASCS), in the city of Paterson. Paterson-ASCS is given the confirmation to begin as a K-5 school as of September 2013. Paterson-ASCS will follow the typical growth model that Bergen-ASCS and Passaic-ASCS follow. The same year, once again, due to the high demand and extensive waiting list of expecting future attendants, Bergen-ASCS has applied to expand its enrollment by an extra 20 students per grade level, this amendment has been affirmed by the State DOE. These approvals show that our current successful school model is working with a strong track record to grow.
Affiliation of Schools
Bergen, Passaic and Paterson Arts and Science Charter School actually are three different charter schools operating together under a cost-sharing agreement. Each school has its own entitled Board of Trustees, and all schools are accountable to the State DOE individually.
School Growth Model by Years
Total Number of Students
Bergen-ASCS Elementary Grades K-5 (320 Students)
Bergen-ASCS Elementary Grades K-6 (380 Students)
Bergen-ASCS Elementary Grades K-7 (440 Students)
Bergen-ASCS Elementary Grades K-8 (505 Students)
Bergen-ASCS Elementary Grades K-6 (420 Students)
Passaic-ASCS Elementary Grades K-5 (360 Students)
Bergen-ASCS Middle High Grades 7-9 (180 Students)
Bergen-ASCS Elementary Grades K-6 (420 Students)
Passaic-ASCS Elementary Grades K-6 (420 Students)
Bergen-ASCS Middle High Grades 7-10 (240 Students)
Bergen-ASCS Middle School Grades 4-8 (400 Students)
Passaic-ASCS Middle School Grades 4-8 (300 Students)
Bergen-ASCS High School Grades 9-12 (240 Students)
The Mission Statement
The NJASCS’s Mission is to provide the ideal environment for the intellectual and social development of its students by utilizing combined efforts of students, educators, families and the community as a whole. NJASCS believes an effective and adequate education necessary for the citizens of the future relies heavily on a multidimensional academic curriculum in which all core subjects will be blended together through various teaching methods while promoting the development of a strong character that supports and respects society. NJASCS believes that focusing on overall high academic achievement includes providing opportunities for individual skills and talents to develop to higher levels. NJASCS fosters an atmosphere that promotes enthusiasm on the part of the NJASCS teachers and students alike through the challenging academic program, interesting co-curricular activities, and positive rewards for success resulting in students who seek further challenges and have the desire to continue on the educational path. At NJASCS students exhibit the love of learning to the extent of choosing challenging even competitive academic activities.
The New Jersey Department of Education is clear about its mission: to ensure that all children, regardless of zip code, graduate from high school ready for college and a career. Therefore the NJASCS is committed to getting children ready for college and career as part of our moral fiber so that no matter where they are born, they have an equal shot at life.
About Charter Schools
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A charter school is a public school that operates as its own Local Education Agency (LEA) under a charter granted by the Commissioner. The New Jersey Department of Education is the State Education Agency (SEA) and sole charter school authorizer in New Jersey and is responsible for setting the standards for and holding current and future public charter schools accountable for providing New Jersey students with a high quality public education.
Charter School Students are Excelling Academically
Mr. Nihat Guvercin is a skilled educational leader with 18 years of experience in education. As the founder of North Jersey Arts and Science Charter Schools (NJASCS) with 3 charter schools, 6 separate campuses in the Bergen and Passaic County area, he leads the district’s strategic efforts to make every classroom technology equipped and students ready for the digital learning experience. Mr. Guvercin earned a Master Degree of Education in Administration from Sam Houston State University in Texas and a Bachelor Degree of Science from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Upon completion of the Master program he was able to obtain a Texas and New Jersey Standard Principal Certificate.
Mr. Guvercin’s strategy involves a focus on effective teaching, standards-based assessing and reporting systems, and continuous improvement efforts focused on results. His efforts focus on supporting faculty, staff and students by improving learning at all levels in the NJASCS organization.
Mr. Guvercin began his career teaching middle and high school students science back in 1995. In 2004, he became building principal at Harmony Science Academy in Dallas, Texas. In 2008, he became the Lead Person of Bergen Arts and Science Charter School (Bergen-ASCS), which at the time was one school building with Kindergarten through 6th grade students. Currently, he is leading North Jersey Arts and Science Charter Schools (NJASCS), a growing and progressing chain of a school system located in Bergen and Passaic counties providing high quality education to its striving students.
Mr. Guvercin has presented numerous panel discussions as well as being a panelist at the New Jersey Charter School Association Conference on various topics. Such topics include: Technology Integration, Transition to Digital Learning, Best Practices and New Ideas in Advocacy in PR, Effective Use of Data, Strategies for Administrators and much more.
Mr. Guvercin has also been the recipient of awards; one notable award has been the New Jersey Charter School Administrator of the Year in 2010. He has also participated in The Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions in 2010 in addition to Harvard’s Charter Schools: Practices for High Performance in 2012. He loves watching NBA and he is a big fan of LeBron James. Mr. Guvercin is married with four lovely children.
NJASCS has partnered up with Robert J. Miller and Associates to help our organization identify and secure grants and charitable giving revenues for schools such as our own. We work together with their team to find the best grant to apply for and determine how we will utilize the funds will be utilized should a grant be awarded to us.
NJASCS also has partnered up with the Rutgers School System Improvement (SSI) Project for the next 3 years. The purpose of this project is to: