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Hola Hoboken Dual Language Charter School

Charter | K-3 & ungraded | 220 students

 

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Posted November 21, 2013

Hola is a Spanish/English bilingual K-5 charter school (applying to expand thru 8th) that has created a diverse, tight-knit and vibrant community for our two kids. They love it. We chose it so our kids would learn a new language, but it's actually offered them a different way of looking at the world. The curriculum is pretty rigorous with an emphasis on language and science/tech. Most families are not native Spanish speakers and the kids still do well because their language immersion starts right in K. In the most recent NJASK test, 89% of third graders passed English Language Arts (66% statewide); 98% passed Math with 52% Advanced Proficient (78% statewide). In fourth grade 70% passed English Language Arts (59% statewide), 83% passed Math with 48% scoring Advanced Proficient (78% statewide), and 96% passed Science, 78% Advanced Proficient (44% statewide). The scores on this site are outdated. The PTO and student council are active and there are lots of sports, performing arts and other extracurricular activities. It's a new school and not without hiccups, but it's amazing to have a public option in Hoboken that looks ahead and focuses on the skills our kids really need.
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Posted January 2, 2013

The richness of the curriculum rivals of the other Charter Schools and private schools in the area, the classrooms are all new, class sizes small, the teachers are dedicated and the Director's experience, passion and subject matter expertise is unsurpassed and..... the kids are getting all this in 2 languages! It's unbelievable what young children can learn in a second language, and their test scores are proof! Sending my child to Hola is a special gift that she will have with her for her entire life! There were some hiccups during the first + year, but since the new Director has come on board, I truly believe it is if not on its way to be being the best grade school in Hoboken.
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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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61%

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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students89%
Female93%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant89%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students96%
Female100%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
General education98%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant96%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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48%
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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 51%
Hispanic 24% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
Black 3% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 45%N/A51%
Female 55%N/A49%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Elizabeth Willaum

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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123 Jefferson Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
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