NJASCS

NORTH JERSEY ARTS AND SCIENCE CHARTER SCHOOLS

NORTH JERSEY
ARTS AND SCIENCE CHARTER SCHOOLS
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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).

The History


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


Years Total Number of Students Schools
2007-2008 320 Bergen-ASCS Elementary
Grades K-5 (320 Students)
2008-2009 380 Bergen-ASCS Elementary
Grades K-6 (380 Students)
2009-2010 440 Bergen-ASCS Elementary
Grades K-7 (440 Students)
2010-2011 505 Bergen-ASCS Elementary
Grades K-8 (505 Students)
2011-2012 960 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)
2012-2013 1,080 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)
2013-2014 1,720 Bergen-ASCS Elementary
Grades K-3 (320 Students)
Passaic-ASCS Elementary
Grades K-3 (240 Students)
Paterson-ASCS Elementary
Grades K-5 (360 Students)
Bergen-ASCS Middle School
Grades 4-7 (320 Students)
Passaic-ASCS Middle School
Grades 4-7 (240 Students)
Bergen-ASCS High School
Grades 8-11 (240 Students)
2014-2015 1,920 Bergen-ASCS Elementary
Grades K-3 (320 Students)
Passaic-ASCS Elementary
Grades K-3 (240 Students)
Paterson-ASCS Elementary
Grades K-6 (420 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 Vision


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.

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