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The Ethical Community Charter School

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $235,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,130.

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4 stars

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2013:
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Posted March 5, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2013

This school is mediocre at best. It is much better than your local Jersey City Public School (which are abysmal). If your child is below average or average, then this will be a fine school. If you child is above average or simply "out of the box" in anyway - stay away from this school if you can afford it. The administration and staff will promise you up and down that above level learners are getting their educational needs met, but they are not. Most of the parents of these children leave by the 3rd or 4th grade (as we have done). It's a shame because the teachers and administration are all lovely people and appear to be caring. But they really only care about educating the bottom half of the school. That leaves a lot of children completely undereducated - which is rather unethical.


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 66% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students71%
Female78%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian89%
Hispanic36%
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Special educationn/a
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant71%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students78%
Female78%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanic64%
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant78%
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

Biology I

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

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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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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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48%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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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 33% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 26% 9%
Hispanic 24% 22%
Black 13% 16%
Two or more races 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 64%N/A51%
Female 36%N/A49%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs Marta Bergamini

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95 Broadway
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: (212) 769-2081

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