Hoboken Charter School opens Tuesday

9/19/2010 Update:

NOTE: The School opening got delayed one more day – to Tuesday, September 21st.

9/18/2010 Update:

Amidst delays, Hoboken Charter School to open Monday 9/20

Real life “Musical Chairs” for students…

200 K-8 Students from the Hoboken Charter School are starting school year a couple weeks late this season because of delays getting into the old Academy of the Sacred Heart building at 713 Washington Street. Many of the younger students at the school (which was set up at Demarest High School previously) had to move because of other shuffling of students from Connors School while repairs are made there. The 70 older Charter students remaining at Demarest started school earlier this month.

School administrators blamed the delay on “fire and electrical inspections,” and will still be required to complete the state-mandated 180-day school year. Either less vacations or a delayed start to summer 2011 for these kids. Official schedule to be announced soon.

Asbestos was a problem this summer

Not for nothing – but were these “delays” really caused by inspections? Was the building department on vacation? Or was it the extensive asbestos removal that was contracted out to East Coast HazMat Removal, Inc. earlier this summer?

If I were sending my kids to this place – I’d secretly stash an asbestos testing kit in their bookbags – with a note “extra candy for you if you can properly test for toxins! It’s in your own best interest!”

More after the jump…

4/14/2010 Update:

Hoboken Charter School moves to 713 Washington

“The Hoboken Charter School announced today that it is moving its kindergarten through eighth-grade classes to the Academy of the Sacred Heart building at 713 Washington Street, beginning September 2010.

A two-year lease with an option to buy was signed April 9th with the property’s owner, The Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth.

“We are very pleased that we were able to secure a site for the school,” said Helen Cunning, president of the Hoboken Charter School’s board. “We are one of New Jersey’s oldest and most successful charter schools and have only modest renovation plans at this time,” she added. The school has received numerous awards and honors for teaching excellence since its inception in 1997, including a National Charter School of the Year award.

The Hoboken Charter School, kindergarten to 12th grade, is currently housed in the Demarest School building at 4th & Garden Streets. Relocation became necessary when the Hoboken District Board of Education’s facilities plan directed that students from the Thomas G. Connors School be transferred to Demarest while the Connors building begins a two-year renovation. The high school will remain at Demarest.

The Hoboken Charter School is well-known for incorporating a service-learning curriculum into a rigorous academic program, one that emphasizes personal growth and arts literacy. Last year, 100% of its seniors graduated and went to university or college.

Description – The Hoboken Charter School was conceived and developed by a group of Hoboken parents and professional educators.
Services – Pre Kindergarten-12
Website – www.hobokencs.org
Address – 713 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-3834
Telephone – 201-963-0222

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13 Comments on "Hoboken Charter School opens Tuesday"

8 years 8 months ago

This is a pleasant surprise.

8 years 8 months ago

Emphasis on the surprise. And once again, I discover that its not a good idea to post before coffee.

8 years 7 months ago

Congratulations to the great teachers of the Hoboken Charter School!

6 years 7 months ago

Congrats to HCS 8th graders on their graduation :).

5 years 9 months ago

Nice to see Hoboken Charter School moving into this great old school building. I’m glad it didn’t get converted to condos. All Saints was looking for space. I wonder why they didn’t move here. It’s practically next door.