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FAFSA Help Day

Attention parents of twelfth grade students. United Way is holding a Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) assistance event on Saturday, November 9 to promote FAFSA completion and college enrollment. Details below:

FAFSA help day

Curriculum Survey

Together with you, Paterson Public Schools is committed to developing curricula that meets the needs of all students. To do that, we need your feedback. Please fill out the survey to be a part of this important process that will increase your students’ understandings and improve their academic outcomes.

Curriculum Survey for Students, Parents, and Community Members

Parental Notification of Assessments

In order to provide parents and guardians with information regarding any state assessment or commercially developed standardized assessment that will be administered over the course of the school year the following two charts outline the assessments that the Paterson School District administers:

pdf High School Parental Notification of Standardized Assessments

pdf Elementary Parental Notification of Standardized Assessments

All City Band Planning

Thanksgiving FlyerSuperintendent of Schools Eileen Shafer has been gathering music teachers, educators, students and community stakeholders to plan an All City Band to perform at this year’s Thanksgiving Classic football game between the Kennedy Knights and the Eastside Ghosts on November 27. What Shafer envisions is a marching band of students and alumni from both Kennedy and Eastside that would ignite spirit and pride in Patersonians as Eastside High School’s Marching 100 had in previous years. “We want students and alumni from all of the district’s high school programs to participate at the Thanksgiving game,” said Shafer. “This is an effort to bring people throughout the Paterson community together through the talents of our students and our alumni.”
What’s next?
To join the All City Band, register here:

State Household Survey

Some Paterson Public Schools families will be receiving the state’s Household Information Survey in the mail. If you receive one, please complete it and return it to your child’s school ASAP. It will help our schools become eligible for more funding. Please see the video below.   

State Household Survey video

State Household Survey Spanish Video


Student Immunization Records Requirement

New Jersey state law requires all public school students to have complete immunization records on file at their school.
A child who has an incomplete record of immunizations may not be permitted to attend public school. Also, all sixth grade students require two additional immunizations.
If you have received notification that your child’s immunization records are incomplete, or if your child will enter the sixth grade in September, please contact your family doctor or clinic so your child may receive the needed immunizations.
If you do not have a family doctor or clinic, please contact the Paterson Board of Health at 973-321-1277 or the Paterson Community Health Center at 973-278-2600. They are ready to assist families needing vaccinations for their children. Flyer with details

Free Preschool for Paterson Children

Studies show that children who attend preschool have a long-lasting advantage in school. If you are a parent or guardian of a Paterson boy or girl who is 3 or 4 years old, they are entitled to a full day of preschool instruction at no charge. Registration should take place at the preschool center of your choice. Click on the link in English or Spanish for more information or call 973-321-2501.

Report Cards on Parent Portal Pilot Program

The District is making fourth marking report cards available online for a select number of schools in a special pilot program that is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 26th. The schools involved in this pilot program are:

  • Public School No. 8
  • Public School No. 13
  • Public School No. 16
  • Public School No. 29
  • The New Roberto Clemente School
  • The Urban Leadership Academy
  • The School of Education and Training (Kennedy Educational Complex)
  • The School of Business, Technology, Marketing & Finance (Kennedy Educational Complex)

In order to access student progress reports online, parents need an activation code to set up an account on the Infinite Campus parent portal. Parents can get their activation codes, as well as assistance in setting up their Infinite Campus accounts, by contacting the main office of the school their child attends.
Parents with an Infinite Campus account can access the parent portal on the district website or on the Paterson Public Schools mobile app.
Parents are able to access their child’s report cards by doing the following:

  • Enter the user name and password on the Infinite Campus log in page.
  • Look for “Campus Backpack” on the menu at the left of the page. Click on “Campus Backpack.”
  • Select the student’s progress report by clicking its checkbox in the “View” column
  • Click the checkbox next to the phrase “Please click OK to acknowledge receipt of this document.” It’s at the very top of the web page.
  • Click on “Save” in the dialogue box to download the report.

Schools will continue to provide printed hardcopies of report cards for parents.
Click here to view a how-to video on accessing progress reports.

Keeping our Children Safe on the Internet and Online

online safetyToday's children are the first generation to be born and raised with the internet as part of their everyday lives. They often know more about the internet than their parents and guardians. Please review this important presentation from the district's Director of Instructional Technology, Jose Correa, to help you understand what your children are doing online and to learn how to make smart choices to keep them safe when using the internet.


Check Out Our Student & Parent Portal

The Paterson Public Schools Student & Parent Portal is a secure website that provides parents, guardians and students with real-time access to information to better understand and participate in the education of Paterson students. You can access it by clicking on the top button in the left column. Here are instructions on how to setup the Parent Portal and detailed instructions for Parents on how to use it.

Paterson Unites for Literacy

Paterson Unites for Literacy

Paterson Public Schools District Graduation Data

Paterson Public Schools 2018 graduates received a total of over 13 million dollars in grants and scholarships and over 900 of our new graduates will be attending college in the fall! Click here for a breakdown of the graduation data.

Information from Superintendent Shafer's Community Forums

Please review these three PowerPoint presentations for information relevant to all Paterson Public School parents, guardians, and students:

pdf 2 Year Transitional Plan to Local Control

pdf Elementary Summer School and Promotion Guidelines

pdf  Standard Based Report Cards

Learning TablePaterson Public Schools Learning Table


webpage Improving Reading Skills

webpage Safety & Security of Paterson Public Schools

webpage PARCC Testing and Information Tips

webpage Using the New Infinite Campus Parent and Student Portals

webpage Student Reading Program

District Newsletter

Click here to receive the latest information about all that’s happening in Paterson Public Schools by joining our district newsletter e-mail list.

Get Connected with Paterson Public Schools

App flyerBe sure to download the New and Improved Paterson Public Schools App to your phone or other smart device! This is the best way to stay in contact with your school or schools, as well as the district itself. Timely, important school and district information of every kind will be at your fingertips. Visit your provider’s app store today (Play Store for Android, iTunes or App Store for Apple devices) and search: “Paterson Public Schools.” It’s easy, quick and free! After you install the app, go to setup and select your school or schools, along with the school district and you’re done. View our App flyer here.

Like us  on FacebookFor up-to-date information about district events join the official Paterson Public Schools Facebook page.

Project Child Find - Help Is Available

If a Paterson Public Schools’ student is having problems in their physical, social, communication, cognitive or sensory development, parents may contact the Department of Special Services at 973-321-0431 to obtain further information regarding help for students with potential disabilities.

Transportation Questions

school busIf you have any questions regarding transportation, please contact 973-321-0830 or 973-321-0686. 




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