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Jersey City, NJ
Students enrolled: 305
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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96 Sussex St
Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 915-6450
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November 24, 2014
Excellent school. Math and Language Arts are rightfully the focus subjects. Teachers are committed to the students' learning and focused on results, including test scores. Homework is assigned daily for 1st grade and up. It is appropriate in difficulty and amount, and it reinforces concepts taught that day in school. The Principal is professional and responsive. The Concerned Parents Association is extremely active, productive, and helpful. In particular, the after school program and broad range of affordable optional after school programs make for a complete day. My two children love the school, their friends, and their teachers. The teachers inspire the students to work hard, and the families that send their children to the school seem to be emphasize the importance of education. Paulus Hook is a great neighborhood, and it shows in the attitude and effort of the students that attend the school. The only drawbacks to the school are related to the crowded, urban environment in which it exists: old building with dated facilities, no green space, limited indoor recreational space, and difficult temperature control.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2014
I'm sending my 2 boys since 2009. Rating was 5 and now 8. Yes I was very brave and have a faith in PS16!! PS16 is improving tremendously and got 2 new teachers last year and both are great addition to the school! I can't ask more to the PTA..2 thumbs up!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
Wonderful neighborhood school. Very active parents' association. I'm impressed with the pace and rigor of the kindergarten program so far. Great options for aftercare activities.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
I miss that school.All the teacher are so nice.I hope one day my kid can go there.the teacher care 4 you . I think this scool is the best.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
My daughter is attending this school and she told me that it is the best school with kind and nice teachers, various academic programs and interesting after-school activities. I am also impressed by the professionalism and knowledge of the school faculties. My daughter begs me not to move anymore...

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
I know at PS16 is not the perfect school, however, the professional afterschool programs made it tolerable. Now, it unbearable with all of the new changes. It's definitely lacks professionalism.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
Our daughter attended PS 16 last year after attending the OLC Little Harbor Academy and we decided not to send her back this year. I agree with the previous reviewer that certain teachers, including our daughter's, and many of the specialty educators were excellent. But there is an overall coldness there and it starts with the Principal. She is very tough minded and strict and we just don't agree with that approach. When I drop my kids off at school, I expect to be greeted with a smile and a good morning, not a stern look and frowns by the Principal and her security staff. Those who attend this school know what I"m talking about, there's a negative vibe that you can feel, not everywhere, but it's there, and when you have choices, this place just doesn't cut it.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
My kid went to PS16 for Kindergarten. While the school has some amazing teachers that we will surely miss: Mrs. Shield, Mr. Atencio and a few more there is a whole bunch that won't be missed. We are no longer with this school. We did not appreciate that our concerns about class size and lack of assistants was dismissed and did not enjoy the mostly hostile environment for our child. It is not a prison- it is school. Kids should first and foremost enjoy Kindergarten and love to learn! Something they completely miss at ps 16. They suck the joy of learning right out of you child.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
My son loves to go this this school. The principal is the strength of this school. She is such a nice lady as a person and considers the children at the school as her own. One can see the bonding between the children and the principal. The staff and teachers at this school are very friendly and pro-active. The parents association at this school is a boon. They raised all the money needed to equip the school with air-conditioners and completed their mission today. And this school strives hard every year to keep running many of their extra-curricular activities, such as violin, piano, chess and a new introduction this year recorder. All for free.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
Excellent school. The children are taught to strive for excellence. the Principal, faculty, and staff, all care about the students. Increased parental involvement would be beneficial, but the strong "Concerned Parents Association" is phenomenal. In spite of the lack of support of the new Superintendent in certain areas. PS 16 excels.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2012
I went to this school I love the principal she is so cool. The 2009 - 2011 teachers are awesome

- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2012
My son started at this school in October 2011 after attending a private school in Jersey City. I have to say that this school has an excellent curriculum that is challenging and far more stimulating and creative than his former private school. The staff at this school are warm and professional. The principal is always receptive and effective. I remain in awe as to how strong the parent's association is at this school. In addition, it is refreshing to see how supportive the principal is towards the parent's association. This type of synergy was sorely lacking at my son's former school. Not only is this school well equipped academically, their activities offered such as swimming, guitar, chess, computer lab and enrichment programs further serves to demonstrate how exemplary this school is. I am very happy that my son loves this school and wakes up every day with a thirst for learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2011
My daughter studied in this school for an year and was in love with it. The Principal ,the teachers and the staff are very encouraging and guide kids gently . She received lot of love and support from all her teachers and got a lot of confidence in herself. Unfortunately we had to move out of the city. I will really miss the school so will my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2011
Overall, love the school. I would like more balance after school activities, however with the strong PTA I am certain it will get done.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2010
My children attend this school this year and i really am happy with it! i have one in 1st grade and one in kindergarten. The teachers they have this year are really excellent. The school is a nice size as well and very well kept. The office girls are very nice and always helpful. The town is also doing away with the trailers on the playground this year and pk4 and kindergarten are moving into the main buliding. A bran new park and playground is going to be built in place of the trailers. This is going to be great for the kids at recess. The park should be ready for next school year. I would definently recommend this school to all the paulus hook parents and all the families who are zoned for it!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
I think the school is good academicaly. But there r no after school activities in the school. Also i think kids from the different area comes in this school, other than the kids live in that area. My daughter`s teacher is just great. But i heard it from my daughter that there r lots of kids in her class who r not intrested in studies and who doesn`t pay any attention in the class and just ignore the teacher which is a very sad part.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2009
i think this school is the best school in new jersey .if your child needs to go to a new school i recommend p.s.16 that meet high academic standards. they have a pool for gym.the students treat your child like they want to be treated. so come on down to the school they are always waiting.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2009
I realize that many middle school parents are upset at how quickly the school was changed from an elementary school to a lower school. There are a lot of hurt feelings and it is understandable. However, my daughter has had absolutely wonderful teachers and her learning experience has been very good. Sure, there are a few disrespectful children -- you find that in every school. But that has not diminished my feelings about the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 22, 2009
The school is a great disappointment. I would not recommend any parent to enroll their child to this school. The teachers and principles main concern is the numbers not the children. Dont watch your child fail in theis school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 17, 2009
I am very disappointed with the children's disrespect and very 'adult' attitude My daughter's experience in PS #16 this year has been less than warm and fuzzy. There are some good aspects of the school but more disappointing ones in my opinion

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2009
As a parent for a number of years, this school is getting worst and worst. It got new leadership this year that has proven to be part of its downfall. There are some good teachers but the majority beat the kids to the door at 2:45pm. Better to put your child in private, charter or catholic school that watch them fail here.

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February 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2008
The worst. This school is only worry about numbers and not the children. The staff as a whole, huge disappointmen. Over rated try somewhere else...

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February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 16, 2008
Change is inevitable. While I understand the prior post's feelings, I have to point out that his or her experienced teachers were new once, too. And if they were lucky, they worked with some great, experienced teachers who guided them to become that next generation of great teachers. I am a parent of 2 children at PS16. We have been at the school for 5 years and we are quite happy there. Yes, it would be wonderful to have more outdoor space, a bigger gym, more extracurricular activities. But we are blessed to have administrators and teachers (long-term and newer) who care about the whole child (and not only NCLB requirements), involved parents and good kids. Keep up the good work, everybody. We'll do our part.

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September 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
The Cornelia F. Bradford Bears have definitely gone through a tremendous change since I attended (K-12 / 1994-2002). The most spectacular teachers have gone into retirement while the few amazing ones left are forced to ravage all that is left of the 'prize curriculum' and 'high standards.' Actually the entire city is going to shambles, its better to try your luck in a better county. The education that the students of P.S. #16 are leaving with is nothing compared to other schools in the state and your children will graduate the 8th grade with watered down 7th grade knowledge. The more capable students are being held behind to accommodate the students that cannot keep up. If you don t take my word for it, go to the school yourself and ask the teachers that have been there for decades their opinion on the direction the school is headed in. The newer teachers will never compare to the experience of the instructors I had in breeding academic champions.

- submitted by a student
June 19, 2007
I have had children in PS# 16 from KG through to grade 6. I have enjoyed meeting with the teachers, principal and PTA leaders during my time as a parent at this school. The discipline is very good and the teachers give great care to all children and their parents. The office staff are courteous and helpful, always remembering the children by name. We have enjoyed sending the children to this school, it has been very rewarding for my three kids. Thank you PS #16.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
Looking for a good school in Jersey City?. Not easy. But in my opnion Cornela F. Bradford PS 16 is one of the best. Academically my daughter was doing High School Math in the 7th grade. The books they are asked to read & write about are amazing, and their History & Science curriculums excellent. My daughter has attended PS 16 since the 1st grade. She will be graduating on June 26, 2007. And I can proudly say she is an Honor student, and has been accepted to County Prep HS. She played volleyball & basketball during her 7th & 8th grades. There is nothing PS 16 cannot offer you that your not searching for. Teachers, prinicipal Mr. Marsella, and the parents constant involvment all togehter make up a dinamic team!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
I am not a parent but I am a student. I have been in P.S. 16 since kindergarten. It is the best school I have ever attended. First it was Mr.Ditursti then it became Mr.Marsella. Mr.Marsella has changed my life since kindergarten. He taught me things I couldnt imagine. I know what a great school P.S. 16 is and I am glad to be a part of the Cornelia F. Bradford society. I am a proud student and my mom is a proud parent and if you dont know where to send your child for school pick CORNELIA F. BRADFORD SCHOOL! It's the best school ever!

- submitted by a student
August 12, 2006
I am a parent of a second grader and my youngest will now be entering pre-school at #16 and I am very happy with the school. The principal (Mr. Marsella) is always outside in the morning and after school to greet the parents and students. He is also always available to listen to any concerns or questions regarding the children. As for the teachers I have to say they have all been terrific. There has not been one teacher that I have had any concerns about. He has music, gym, art,library and spanish. All the teachers are very nice. The parent involement is the best in the city, we are like a big family. We all know each other and each others children which makes me feel more comfortable knowing there is always someone watching out for my children.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2006
Good quality teachers and Principal(Mr. Marsela) Excellent academic programs. music, art, available. Is a school that i will recommend to any one that i know. After two years my son's teacher Ms. Mulcay still remember him and his performances when he was in her class despite the fact we moved to another state and just move back to New Jersey.

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April 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
My daughter attends Bradford School and is in the 4th grade. Although I'm not completely happy with the reading and math curriculum as it is mandated by the school board -- I highly recommend phonics, personal writing journals and Kumon math to supplement the less that adequate curriculum. I do like the student body, parents and most of the staff. Some of the teachers do not teach above or beyond the curriculum even if they feel it's inadequate. I don't think Jersey City pays enough attention to education and our youth. I like the specialty classes available in music and art. I think the extracurricular sports program can be better organized. The parent involvement in this school is wonderful. They have classes for parents during the day and evenings in basic computer training, exercise and library research as well as homework helper classes in math and language arts.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2005
There are lots of rules and regulations for kindergarten class. These are the young kids and they need to get interest for going to school not fear. Also this school has only 10 minutes lunch break, which is very very less for kindergarten kids, school should increase the time for lunch break or should provide the lunch in class if there is time constraints in cafeteria. For CASPER they do not have much activities than watching TV. CASPER rooms are too hot in summer, kids get sweety and tired watching tv which is not on their level also. My son always get the neck pain, and he is frustated with the CASPER.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2005
It seems there is not enough space for the class rooms, and the kids have a serious lack of outdoor play space.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
I would like to comment on the last remark about 16. This is not a new york city public school, this is Jersey City. The jersey city board of education is required to educate all the children of Jersey City, not just the wealthy families along the waterfront. I, for one, am happy that my children are being educated at this school. If you are unhappy with the school, you should send your child to private school - or you should get involved to bring about change. The school is incredibly culturally diverse and serves families from many socio-economic backgrounds. It is hard raising and educating children in Jersey City. No it's not perfect...But it gets better every year. Congratulations to PS 16 on winning the national school change award. Every year we grow and become a better school! - a Proud P.S. 16 Parent!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
My son started going here last school-year. This is certainly the best public (noncharter) school in the district, a fact that the principal likes to boast about. That is, however, all relative, and best in the district does not mean it's a great school. The school we came from in NY had much higher test scores.

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September 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2003
I am not a parent at P.S. 16. However, I am an alumni. Presently, I attend McNair Academic High School. P.S. 16 was a great place for me to be because the school was so small. Therefore, everyone knew everybody else and I think that's essential for building god parent/teacher/student relationships. There was always something going on at our school. It was like a little community because everyone knew each others' parents, siblings, teachers, etc. Great place to learn!

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Cornelia F. Bradford No. 16 Elementary School
96 Sussex St, Jersey City, NJ  07302
(201) 915-6450
Last modified Cornelia F. Bradford No. 16 Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cornelia F. Bradford No. 16 Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top