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University Academy Charter School

Charter | 9-12 & ungraded

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $175,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,280.

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Posted June 13, 2007

Academics can be a bit better than what it is. We need a more board of academic programs. Music and Art can be way better, different varieties of it can help the kids want to join those types of actvities. There aren't enough extracurricular activities, Volleyball was reccommended but still nothing. The level of parents being invovled, is not enough. I myself as a senior here, my last year is stressful and ridiculous. With all the new policies and rules at the end of the school year trying to be enforced, it's unfair.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2007

I just registered my son Julian in this school and I was amazed by the way the principal work! The staff is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2005

The jersey city univ charter high school has exceeded my expectations. My son absolutely loves it. Having lived in Jersey City since 1999 I have not seen a school with so much to offer, especially in the academics and other very important areas such as safety, parent and teacher involvement -- it's been a great expereince. However, since the school is relative a few yeares young, according to the principal they are still growing and adding more programs like sporting activities and others. Overall, my son loves the school and his grades show it! Hope this review helps someone.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA 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. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students86%
Female86%
Male85%
Black84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education50%
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant86%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students60%
Female54%
Male68%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special educationn/a
General education68%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant60%
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 High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA 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. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. 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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
27%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Students30%
Female24%
Male35%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Special education19%
General education32%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant30%
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 Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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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How schools in the state rate:

25%
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48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

74%

SAT college ready

7%

Graduation rate

91%


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 composite SAT scores, ACT/SAT participation, and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 60% 16%
Hispanic 29% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 9%
White 2% 51%
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 49%N/A51%
Female 51%N/A49%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Erie Lugo

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275 West Side Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305
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