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Buses to Attend Proposed NJ State Budget

The proposed New Jersey state budget has serious implications for Paterson schools and students. Many programs and teachers are at risk of being cut.

We are calling on all Paterson parents and community stakeholders to attend the New Jersey senate budget hearing at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark on Thursday, March 21. Two buses will leave from the Central Office building at 90 Delaware Avenue at 8:30 a.m. and will return before 3:00 p.m.
To reserve a seat on the bus, call 973-321-0883. Flyers with details: English   Spanish   Arabic

On Wednesday, March 27, a bus will leave from 90 Delaware Avenue to attend the New Jersey State Assembly Budget Committee hearing in Trenton. To reserve a seat for this bus, call 973-321-0883. Flyers with details: English   Spanish   Arabic

Elementary CHOICE Applications Available

The Fine & Performing Arts at School 24 CHOICE application is now available and can be picked up at your child’s school or downloaded here. Applications are due to School 24 by March 29th, 2019.
Placement letters will be mailed the week of May 4, 2019.

The Young Men's Leadership Academy application is now available in English and Spanish. Applications are due to Office of Central Registration by April 12, 2019. Parents will be notified of acceptance by May 17, 2019.

State Officials Honor Black History at Rosa L. Parks High School

Schools Superintendent Eileen F. Shafer and Principal Jalyn Lyde welcomed New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, N.J. Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly, N.J. Secretary of State Tahesha Way, and N.J. Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis to Rosa L. Parks High School (RPHS) on February 27 for a special ceremony and panel discussion to commemorate Black History Month. In keeping with the event’s theme of “Remember From When We Came – This Far and Further,” two RPHS seniors were honored for their recent achievements: Taniesha Gilbert who recently scored 1,000 points as a basketball player for the John F. Kennedy Lady Knights, and Khadija Moody, who was named a finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Kindergarten Registration

If your child will be 5 years old by October 31, 2019, and resides in Paterson, now is the time to register for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Beginning Friday, March 1, 2019, you may call the Office of Central Registration at 973-321-2501 to schedule your Kindergarten registration appointment; scheduled appointments will take place Monday, March 25, 2019 through Friday, June 7, 2019. Evening appointments are available.

pdf Kindergarten CHOICE Application

pdf Kindergarten Registration Flyer

A Hero’s Welcome For Nicole Louden

Nicole LoudenNicole Louden, Passaic County’s all-time highest scoring high school basketball player, returned to the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex gymnasium on Feb. 7 where her Lady Knight’s number 11 was retired. Louden scored 2,928 points ­– more than any other Passaic County player, male or female – before graduating from Kennedy High School in 2001. Louden was as competitive in the classroom as she was on the basketball court, and earned a full scholarship to Auburn University in Alabama where Nicole Louden she played all four years. Louden went on to play for Jamaica’s national basketball team, and competed in countries all over the world including Israel, the Czech Republic, and Spain. In 2015, Louden earned her Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. Many of Louden’s family members joined her for the ceremony, as well as her high school varsity basketball coach, Lou Bonora. “Nicole is proof-positive that hard work can make dreams come true,” said Superintendent Eileen Shafer during her remarks at the ceremony

District to Hold Community Forums on School Budget

Business Administrator Leon Matthews wants you to be a part of the school budget process by joining him and Superintendent Eileen F. Shafer at one of the upcoming Budget Public Forums. Please view the following video for information:

Budget video

CAPS: an Excellent Resource for College Bound Students

CAPSPaterson high school students now is your chance to participate in the College Apprentice Program for Success (CAPS) where you can receive help in researching and applying to colleges, guidance with financial aid, assistance with resume building and SAT preparation, and access to the internet for educational purposes. Registration began on January 16th.

The program will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting on January 28th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Baptist Church on 305 Broadway (entrance on Carroll Street). Read this flyer for additional details.


Student Musicians at Public School 24 Put Donated Instruments to Use

Band Director Nancy Horowitz leads Public School 24 musicians playing on the instruments that were donated by the VH1 Save The Music and Sound Start Foundations Here is a link to The Record’s video.

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Public School 28 School of Excellence

School 28

NJ Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet honored Public School 28 today for being the first school in Paterson to win the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon award. Congratulations to all at Public School 28 for your tremendous achievement.

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 Public Schools Energy Program

solar panels at School 16Paterson Public Schools has partnered with Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider, to implement a $14.5 million Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) that will include comprehensive energy efficiency and infrastructure improvements for 17 schools. The project, which will begin in March 2018, is anticipated to result in savings of over $20 million over the 18-year term of the contract and will measurably improve the learning environment and reduce the District’s carbon footprint.

The ESIP is entirely paid for by energy savings, thereby not requiring additional budget dollars from the District. This project, which marks the first phase of a two-phase ESIP, includes energy and infrastructure upgrades at the elementary and middle schools while the next phase, currently in the early stages of Requests for Proposals, will include the high schools. By the end of 2019, all schools in the district will have received energy efficient upgrades. You can read more about this program here.

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

2019-2020 In-District Preschool Registration

The 2019-2020 Preschool Brochure: English    Spanish   Arabic    Bengali

2019-2020 List of locations: English/Spanish    Arabic   Bengali

District Newsletter

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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.

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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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