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Hoboken Catholic Academy

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $495,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,110.

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 8, 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


Posted May 8, 2014

My daughter is in kindergarten at HCA and I could not be happier. She is thriving socially and with her education. The parental community is wonderful. We are a close group who generally care about our school. HCA has had many children inducted into the National Junior Honor Society and have won many awards. Our choir is top notch. HCA had a hard time last year because of Hurricane Sandy. We lost some families and our principal retired. But with every dark cloud, there is light. Our building has a new boiler room and a gorgeous gym. Our new principal has breathed new life into HCA and he is gone above and beyond for all of us. I am so happy we chose HCA and will remain here for many years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted March 6, 2014

class size huge.no attention paid to children.pulled out my kids and moved out of jersey city area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 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


Posted August 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 7, 2011

This is my first year here and my children are very happy. Love our teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 8, 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


Posted January 2, 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


Posted October 8, 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


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 9%
Hispanic 13% 22%
Two or more races 11% 1%
Black 1% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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555 7th Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201) 963-9535

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