Reason Number 1: we are preparing you for the jobs that have not even been invented yet!
At College Achieve, we have a curriculum that balances STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the Arts. The jobs of the future require our scholars to be literate in STEM but also to be creative. The first two years of the school focus on increasing academic rigor, but by year three, we offer classes in acting, dance, instruments, and singing as well as drawing, painting, sculpting and the media arts. We believe all of our students are college material. We believe your child should have every opportunity to become a college graduate, and we will prepare them for the rigors of college. Why is this important?
College graduates make more money, have dramatically higher rates of employment, and have a greater say in their career choices.
Reason Number 2: more job opportunities with a college degree and higher rate of employment.
We believe all of our students are college material. We believe your child should have every opportunity to become a college graduate, and we will prepare them for the rigors of college. Why is this important?
College graduates make more money, have dramatically higher rates of employment (even during the hard times), and have a greater say in their career choices.
Reason Number 3: more time in school = more learning
According to the National Center on Educational Statistics, the average school year in New Jersey (and nationally) is composed of 6.6 hour days, 33 hours weeks, and 1,201 hours of instruction for the entire year.
At College Achieve Paterson Charter School , the average day will be 8 hours long, 38 hours a week, and 1,368 hours a year. This amounts to over 4.5 weeks of additional instruction or 22 additional school days. In addition to the 1,368 hours of instruction per year during the regular school day, College Achieve Paterson will also provide after-school programs and other educational programs, such as summer education. These supplemental programs provide additional instructional hours - as many as 175 hours. These additional instructional hours are equivalent to another 27 days of school.
At the elementary level, we offer 5 hours a week in science instruction vs. 2.3 hours a week at the national level. Likewise for history, we offer 5 hours a week of instruction vs. 2.2 hours nationally.
Reason Number 4: Rigorous Hiring Process leads to better teachers The secret to a great school is to ensure a great teacher in every classroom. College Achieve believes, "you are who you hire." College Achieve plans to hire great teachers who have a proven track record of success in the classroom.