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95 Broadway
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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(201) 984-4151
(201) 200-9931
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May 06, 2015
This school has been wonderful for my child. The teachers are caring and warm and work very hard to help each child where he or she needs it. It's the opposite of a test-prep kind of school--teachers do lots of projects and field trips and there is little to no homework in the early grades, since the kids are there working hard until 4 pm every day. The school is open to parents and has events parents can volunteer for if they want almost every week. The aftercare program is also terrific, with classes in every imaginable subject (they fill up fast). My child is very happy and is learning so much about the world.

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February 09, 2015
There is nothing ethical about this school they are big business the children fall behind, long days in school what do the children learn.The teachers read from a book, they don't send workbooks home,they cram for state test. I'm glad I got my kid out of here.word to the wise

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February 09, 2015
The day is too long. Because of that the teachers show aLOT of movies. The ethics curriculum is not really "ethics". In fact, I am sure that some of the teachers don't know what "ethics" actually mean. What this means is that they use the word "ethical" to mean "good behaviour". They don't understand that a discussion of ethics should include an understanding that ethics are dynamic and depend on a person's or society's point of view. Overall the school is a very average American public school. You'll get Common Core and very little physical movement during the day (if it's not raining, not too cold, not a little pile of now outside), your child MIGHT get 30 mins outside out of a day that lasts 7.5 hours long. There is nothing "progressive" about this school. They definitely DON'T meet your child wherever she is at, unless she happens to qualify for an IEP, in which case they are mandated by law to pay attention to your child's needs. You'll get loads of state test prep like all other American schools. Lots of boring worksheets. Maybe one special "creative" project per year. The leadership is not honest, sorry to say. The families and children are lovely though.

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October 06, 2014
I disagree with much of the bad reviews. This is a new school still not yet reaching it's full capacity. Learning as they grow. We were with this school in the beginning for two years. We moved and saw how parents are locked out of their child's education in the new school. When we cam back to TECCS my child's education is differentiated for each of her topics. Her strengths she is given more challenging work her weaknesses are worked with more rather than differentiating down as she does not want it that way. I have never been more of a partner at any other school than I am right now. My other child needs differentiated upwards and is getting that without asking. He is also learning to love learning which he never did before. The students are very much involved in their learning and they are learning through project based learning. Much of this I have a huge hand in assisting as a parent. I have never seen more parent involvement and community involvement than at this little school. Maybe there is more involvement out there but I am happy where I am and happy I don't have to move to find what I've been looking for.

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September 02, 2014
We have been here for a few years now. Pros: no violence, teachers don't curse at students, there is an air of respect among staff and children, it's better than most JCPS academically. Cons: the school cannot accommodate kids at either end of the spectrum (very bright or very slow), the PR of the school is pretty much hogwash (there is no individualized learning, no differentiation unless you need a remediation, no "parents as partners", certainly nothing rigorous), the administration is not trustworthy, there is a huge problem with retention of families (not just the bright kids leaving), the board seems pretty ineffective with regard to running a real school, the test scores are not impressive given the extremely long day and short amount of recess. I don't see how this school will remain open 5 years from now, but who knows? If the school truly welcomed "parents as partners" it has the possibility of improving and not losing so many families. I can think of worse places to go to school. Though if you are looking for something great, this is not it.

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March 05, 2014
I love this school , the teachers, the principal, the environment is very friendly , my kid loves it and would recommend to anyone looking for a quality education. love their GRO program .Curriculum is good , school is growing into the 6th grade which shows the growth structure.

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February 19, 2014
As some others have stated here, the school's academics are great for average and below average students. If your child is above average, even just a little, the academics are terrible. The teachers and administration will say over and over that there is differentiation for the above average kids. There is absolutely zero. The school has something they call a gifted program, but it is not at all what they claim it to be. The school doesn't realize the continual damage they exact on the above average learners by having them sit all day and never learning to work at anything. The school also has unimpressive test scores, which they are now focused on pulling up. Looks like more test prep and catering to the middle/bottom. It's to be expected though as this is the fate of most mediocre public schools. If your only alternative is your local public school, then TECCS is not so bad. But if you can afford more or move to a better district, do that. Otherwise your child will be bored to tears and ultimately will not be stretched to learn anything beyond what is on the NJAsk (or whatever is the next standardized test).

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December 09, 2013
With both of our children happily enrolled at TECCS, we are strong supporters of this school. My sons' teachers are both professional, communicative and caring -a combination that should not be underestimated for a K - 6 school. As they add grades and branch out into junior high territory there will most definitely be a few challenges. Just as they teach their students they will apply the learnings for the benefit of the entire school community.

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November 15, 2013
We have two children and have been very happy. The school has a terrific atmosphere, the kids get a lot of individual attention, the teachers are full of enthusiasm. Both of our kids had issues in preschool that went unaddressed, which TECCS' teachers caught almost immediately and devoted time to fixing. The school has a real community feel, as the name suggests, they welcome parent involvement. It is a long school day, but they don't give much homework - I'd much rather my kids were learning in school than doing busy work at home, so I think it's a good philosophy.

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November 03, 2013
My daughter is very happy at TECCS. She is new the school, but is more confident and happy here than in any other school or program she has been a part of. The facilities are a bit depressing, but every teacher and administrator I have met has been outstanding. The approach to teaching seems to be very dynamic and the focus on kindness and respect translates into learning enthusiastically rather than out of duty.

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November 01, 2013
I am a very happy parent, with A very happy child. My child enjoys going to school everyday. Some parents need to stop complaining and start volunteering. I do agree with the other post, that bathroom renovations are a must. Also, desperately need to find a better recess area!

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October 23, 2013
We've been at the school for several years now and have had mixed experiences. Our son likes the school and that speaks volumes. His friends are nice kids and I believe that the school generally does a good job on the social/emotional side of things. Also, I think the schools ethics curriculum and extracurricular activities (e.g. variety of aftercare programs) are great. The academics at the school are lackluster. There is a clear predisposition from the leadership and staff to manage the classroom environment towards the middle/bottom performing kids (presumably test score concerns). There is no G&T program in place to take advantage of, just a project based learning program (labeled as G&T) which was not impressive and not academically advanced. The curriculum delivery is not differentiated no matter how many times they say it is. If your child is on the high end of the curve, expect them to be board in class and to repeat subject matter over and over and over and over... The school is underfunded and has predominantly inexperienced staff and leadership, but their hearts are in the right place and they are emphatically welcoming of parent involvement. Could do worse...

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September 09, 2013
We have two children at TECCS and are very happy with the school. The principal is outstanding, very dedicated and accessible to parents. Teachers go above and beyond in their commitment. Our older child's difficulties were quickly identified and he received the help he needed. Mutual respect and a sense of community are reinforced throughout the school and the result is a supportive, caring atmosphere where parents can feel involved and welcomed - definitely not the case in all schools. Most important to us: our kids are happy to go to school and engaged while they're there. The building could definitely use some improvement, but it's being renovated and upgraded.

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July 28, 2013
TECCS is evidence that you get what you pay for and for this reason, we pulled our children out and have them in a private school. As well intentioned as TECCS is, it's academics is ridiculously easy and the kids are not being stretched for higher achievement. TECCS is producing the average and students will not be prepared for real life. TECCS is the KMART of schools: low standards and low class. If you can afford better, then avoid the disappointment this school will bring.

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June 22, 2013
TECCS is unexpectedly growing in a positive way. My kid has improved a lot in both academics and in social behavior. The best part of this school is, a very positive atmosphere, where teachers are always ready to help the kids as well as their parents. They are upgrading till GRADE 6 now. The negative part is the building. The building is quiet old and specially the restrooms are a disgust. They definitely need a renovation. Other than that we are loving it.

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February 28, 2013
Overall, we have had a very positive experience at this school. It's new and has gone through some growing pains, but it has a committed staff and they are open to feedback. As with any school, some teachers are better than others, but there are constant efforts to evaluate the teaching staff and help support them in improving their teaching methods. The curriculum focuses on project based learning rather than teaching to tests. Parents are often called upon to volunteer and in my time at the school, I've feel that there is a nice atmosphere in the school, particularly with the town hall meetings and their emphasis on incorporating the children's voices and having them gain self confidence in public speaking and critical thinking. It is a long school day and I feel that there should be more opportunities for the kids to have opportunities for physical activity (even within the classroom) and for kids to mix with friends from other grades/classes. Aftercare is fine, but not outstanding. There also isn't a lot of opportunity to connect with your child's teachers if you don't pick them up directly...regular communication about what is going on in the classroom could be improved

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January 17, 2013
My child has grown in so many ways at this school. He loves the positive atmosphere, is always eager to go to school, has many good friends, and because of the emphasis on ethics (including a dedicated ethics teacher), he has learned to deal with occasional difficult social situations and make them good. More on ethics - they have a real eye to helping people in their community and the world beyond. As for academics, my son got excellent individualized help to get through temporary difficulties. He is challenged every day and comes out with success. I am very satisfied with his learning. I don't know how it is for other students. There was a review of this school on this site that contains several inaccuracies. Inaccuracies aside, that parent was not happy and left. I do know two families who left seeking greener pastures, both are now back in the school - and happy to be back. There's something very special about this place. Meet the principal on Friday mornings (by appointment, see the website) and make up your own mind.

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The Ethical Community Charter School is a safe and caring community where ethics, service, and social justice are the principles that inform every aspect of school life; where teachers lead and collaborate with students in a culture of rigorous academics and mutual respect; where analytical thinking and creativity are prized over rote learning; where children become individuals of integrity, insight, autonomy - and socially productive citizens, workers, leaders.


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The Ethical Community Charter School
95 Broadway, Jersey City, NJ  07306
(201) 984-4151
Last modified The Ethical Community Charter School is a Charter school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
The Ethical Community Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top