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PK-8
Private
Hoboken, NJ
Students enrolled: 350
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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555 7th Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

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(201) 963-9535
(201) 963-1256
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November 08, 2014
HCA has made significant improvements in the past couple of years and is leading the charge with its fundamental based approach to education while incorporating the latest curriculum standards. With a revitalized effort post Sandy and through new leadership, HCA has made major strides in offering a quality, structured and academic based education. From the investments of smartboards in the classrooms, including smart tables in the pre-k classes, I have been pleased that my child is not only receiving a fundamental based, structured approach to education but also a program that incorporates technology into the classroom. Parents can review the website and see the curriculum and lesson plans that the HCA staff are addressing. The school has been transparent about the educational roadmap and plan by grade level. Further, the 8th grade students have been accepted at the best high schools in the area. I would recommend that any parent looking at HCA go and tour the school and see for yourself the top notch program it offers.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2014
My child is a student at HCA and both my husband and I are very happy with the school. Our child is reading Chapter books in first grade and we are amazed at her progress in math and science. The school has great extra curriculars and special classes. The parents that get involved do a great job keeping others in the loop and we have fun fund raisers such as Golf, casino night and an auction at the end of the year. It is a lovely school. Yes, tuition goes up. Yes, here are fees. But if you want to keep up with the changes in education and stay current and up to date - there is a cost. HCA is still an extremely affordable option for top notch education.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2014
My children are extremely happy at HCA. Their teachers are extremely attentive and nice......they are quick to respond to any questions. My children really enjoy the group work and projects they are assigned throughout the year. The principal is excellent. You can tell he really enjoys his job.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2014
My child has been at HCA for 5 years and I couldn't be happier with the progress he has made. The teachers are wonderful and they are are constantly challenging my son based on his ability. I constantly compare my son's homework/classwork with my sister's children who go to an excellent public school is central NJ. HCA's school work is about the same if not better than my nieces and nephew's school. HCA has many fun events for the children throughout the school year (Halloween parade, Santa breakfast, Easter egg hunt, and so on) and they also have many fun events for parents( golf outing, auction, 5K run.) HCA is affordable, offers an excellent education, the principal is wonderful and experienced, and there is a strong, active parent community . I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
Not a good choice to enroll you kids in this school. Every single year they increase the tution and adding new fees, plus , and the bigest issue, is they are putting teachers from PRE-K into higher grades such ad 2nd and 3rd grade. To much favoritism to certain families. Glad I pulled out my kids from HCA!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2014
I have two children currently attending this school and have had another graduate. I could not be happier. The teachers are great and I cannot complain about the quality of education. Not only are students are getting into competitive High schools but they are receiving a quality education in a caring environment, something that is lacking in many schools now a days. Over the years, HCA has seen tremendous improvement and I believe that the school continues to head in the right direction.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
HCA has done a great job in recovering after the hurricane. However it has a long way to go in providing high quality education for the children. Especially in the pre school it is following a one model fits all strategy and not providing challenges to the children to advance based on their individual skills and abilities. The teachers are not able to keep them motivated and inspiring them to do more. Today in the education world as current researches are all suggesting, educators and reformers are all trying to bridge the gap and have a personalized instruction cylce and student driven learning cycle to get to common core and provide world class education. HCA needs to invest more in Professional Development for teachers and improvind thier ability to deal with children from diverse backgrounds and foster a love for learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
I have two children attending HCA (PreK 3 and 2nd grade) and I could not be happier with the education. We have thoroughly researched all educational option in Hoboken, from the charter schools to the $15K plus private schools and I am so glad to have chosen HCA. Not only are they getting a strong educational foundation and getting into some of the most competitive HS int he area, they are doing so in a loving and caring environment. On a daily basis I see how kind the older kids are to the younger ones - something all too rare in today's world. The teachers really care and are excellent. This year alone the 3rd grade teacher was selected as New Jersey State Council of the Knights of Columbus Parochial School Teacher of the Year! While nothing is perfect, Mr. McGrath has done wonders since joining HCA. I've seen a marked improvement in virtually all areas. My husband and I had all intentions of moving out of Hoboken simply due to the lack of good school options. But with the direction that HCA is moving we have decided to stay and raise our children here!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
My family is very happy with the education our daughter is receiving at Hoboken Catholic Academy. She has been going for 3 years since PK3 and is finishing up her K year. Our son will start PK3 in September. We are very impressed with the new Principal, Mr. McGrath who joined the school in July 2013. The commitment and dedication of the teachers is wonderful. The school is a wonderful community that has activates and fundraisers for the children and families which brings everyone together. The classroom environment is very caring, but structured which allows the children to thrive. We feel blessed to be at the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
My daughter started HCA in Pre-k3 and is now a successful third grader. My son is reading, adding and subtracting easily as he finishes kindergarten. Both of them have wonderful friends and respect for teachers. We enjoy being part of a down to earth community of parents. We are are amazed at the progress made in one year after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the building and lowered enrollment. Under the leadership of a new principal we are stronger than ever. I disagree with all the previous ratings.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2014
We have 3 children grades prek-4th attending Hoboken Catholic Academy. We love the teachers and the school community. This year's new administration has implemented many positive changes.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
My child attend HCA as a 3rd grader and has been enrolled since Kindergarten. Overall, this school is fantastic. A wonderful atmosphere for a child's development scholastically as well as spiritually. While I had no issues with the previous principal, the new principal is simply fantastic. He has taken a school, which had been displaced and broken due to Hurricane Sandy, and brought it back better than ever. We now have more programs than before and a renewed sense of academic rigor. The kids are advancing beyond the pace, I feel, over the last few years. more needs to be done as in all schools but the current leadership understands that and is addressing those needs. I couldn't recommend the school more.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
class size huge.no attention paid to children.pulled out my kids and moved out of jersey city area.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
My child was picking up inappropriate behaviour and language from school.I am glad to have pulled her out of HCA.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
I agree with the behaviour issues faced by other parents.My child has picked up inappropriate language from school too.The issue is there are not many school options in the neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
HCA was displaced by Sandy - The building was flooded and the kids were forced to move to a school in Jersey City for the remainder of the school year. The move wasn't smooth and caused a lot of anger and resentment. Unhappy, impatient parents demanded change - immediate, radical change! The principal resigned and the unhappy families left. The Hoboken campus has been repaired and we'll be returning there in September. The new principal has already made staffing changes and those of us committed to HCA are looking forward to a better, brighter future. It has been and will be again a warm, nurturing and well-disciplined learning environment. There are some terrific teachers that have really made a difference in our childrens' lives. The class sizes will be much smaller next year and that is a welcome change. But the most important element of a great school - no matter what physical space it occupies - is loving, hands-on families who share the same values and care about raising good, kind kids who are ready to take on the world. They are present at HCA in abundance. And that is why you should give this school a chance.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2013
Son attended HCA for K and G1 (2010-2012). HCA has all the trappings of an urban school in a crowed area. Too many kids in each class room and a small school that lacks space and outdoor facilities. Adminstratively poor and lacks transparancy. The principal and school board are unresponsive to parent input and suggestions. Constant fund raising activities that frankly does little to add additional money to the school's funds. Too many half days, teachers professional development days and activities in the gym meaning lost of use for the kids. Poor aftercare program. Academic wise, we' had few complaints - partly because we are very involved parents and partly because it was only K and G1. In hinesight and in speaking to other parents elsewhere, the school curriculum overrlooks art, music and science too much. On big issue we had at the time was lack of outdoor activity specially for an active boy - there were always some excuse or another - too cold seems to be a common theme, but frankly most kid could care less. We chose it becuase its one of the few that had a late cut off but our dissatisfaction with school prompted us to leave the area sooner than planned.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2013
Unfortunately this school has poor leadership and very large classes. The parents are very involved and are trying to make a change but leadership fights them. I am very sorry my children are enrolled there and plan on moving them. Some teachers are great and motivated but the others are just looking for summers off.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
Excellent school with caring and responsive teachers and administration. The school is a little crowded since so many families are trying to get in. Our son couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
This is the 1st year that my child is attending this school. I am not happy with our experience. Parents are shut out and they are reluctant to listen to your concerns, as they immediately go into a defensive and protect our own mode. Don't be supprised when they place blame on your child when it comes to your concern, as they do not put your children 1st. I've learned that it is more about money then executing their own mission statement. Pulling my child from this school at the end of the year. I would and will never recommend this school and wish I had listened to the reviews prior to enrolling... Ohh and none of the drinking(water) fountains work. My child is always complaining about being thirsty..

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2011
This is my first year here and my children are very happy. Love our teachers!

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2010
HCA is a struggling Catholic school taking advantage of the need for early childhood education in Hoboken. They push class sizes to 29 students in Pre-K and K with no regard for gender balance and age spread. After 2 years I had enough of an administration that answered to a board of priests, not parents. I did not feel children came first in the agenda. The teachers were warm and caring and were desperate for parents to speak out about classroom conditions on their behalf.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
The most humiliating and traumatizing experience in my life and my son's life. No child deserve be treated that way my son was.Stay away from H.C.A..

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 02, 2010
Everything looks good at first glance...that was my experience. There is the initial appearance of order and structure, but I too found the school to be organisationally challenged. The reason to send your children to this school? it is the only Catholic school in Hoboken. But do not expect the traditional challenging academic catholic school experience. This school is all about asking for more money.... expect 2 fundraising envelopes per week on top of the $6k in tuition. I pulled my son out because of all the above, plus his unexcited unfriendly teacher who did not take the time to know my son individually. Ionce heard a teacher speaking to a student in a disrespectful manner (this is their idea of discipline?)and it broke my heart. The principal is sweet but ineffective and uninspired.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
This school is great .I have been in this school since pre-k. Here and it has been the best expirience. Kids have manners and everyday they come home and say what they have learned and also tells me about the wonderful kids there and their classmates.There are wonderul sport programs and wonderful extra ciricular activities.So if I were a parent wanting to enroll your child in a cathoilc school please choose Hoboken Catholic Academy!

- submitted by a student
no rating June 11, 2009
This school is quickly going down hill. The principal refuses to rectify disciplinary problems, even with several parents complaining. The atmosphere is not religious anymore, it is more like a bad public school. The academics are substandard. The parent community is a miserable, snivelling, gossipy, rude and petty bunch. Stay away from this school is the best advice we can give you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 07, 2008
Wonderful school. Academically challenging and instills Christian/Catholic values in every day classes and activities. The teachers are dedicated and concerned about every student. Miss Dolan is a wonderful principal. Send your children here. You will not regret it.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2006
As a graduate of 2005, I have experience a lot in this school that has given me a brighter future & has helped me a lot in my school year. It is a great school for kids to enroll in. the staff gives its own way to help any student.

- submitted by a former student
February 22, 2005
My children have attended this school since its founding as a consolidation of all the Catholic schools in Hoboken in 1999. My oldest got excellent high school admission test scores, acceptances at all the High Schools she applied to plus several scholarships. The school is a traditional Catholic school, safe, strict, orderly, disciplined. Compared with the area public schools, the students are polite and well-mannered. The top-notch principal maintains a high level of academic excellence. They learn a lot, get lots of homework, and do very well on standarized tests. It is very old-fashioned, not for those who like it loose and modern. They have an excellent sports program, volleyball, basketball, etc., and a great music and drama program, aftercare, summer, hot lunch. Parents do a lot of fundraising. They are involved, but they don't have a lot of input, it's mostly dictated by the archdiocesean rules/tradition, but it works!

- submitted by a parent
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Hoboken Catholic Academy
555 7th Street, Hoboken, NJ  07030
(201) 963-9535
Last modified Hoboken Catholic Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Hoboken Catholic Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top