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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 Muicians 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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PARCC Recognition Ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex

Perfect PARCC studentsOn Wednesday, December 19, 165 students that received a “high score of 5” on Math, Language Arts Literacy or both in last year's PARCC Assessments were celebrated with a recognition ceremony held at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex prior to the regular Board of Education meeting.

Pictured with Superintendent Shafer are students Imani Reaves and Salman Chowdhury who received perfect scores in both Math and Literacy Arts Language. Congratulations to all our great achievers. Photos of the winners can be seen in this slideshow.

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.

JFK Knights Soccer Team Wins Pepsi/NYCFC Video Contest

Student athletes at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex scored a free soccer clinic with a video they created for a contest sponsored by Pepsi and the New York City Football Club.

The video, which was created with the help of TV Production Teacher and Head Soccer Coach Richard Solis, shows a group of Kennedy soccer players on their way to practice. When they get to the field, a sign says that practice is delayed two hours. Dejected, the student athletes sit on a curb and they each take out a can of their favorite soft drink. As they drink, it occurs to them that the soda cans can be used to set up goals and boundaries right there on the asphalt. They end up playing soccer, building up a sweat. Just as they sit again to take a breather, the coach shows up and it’s time for practice.

The :45 second video features many of Paterson’s most scenic locales, including the Great Falls, and can be seen here.

Soccer video winners

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

2018-2019 In-District Preschool Registration

The 2018-2019 Preschool Brochure: English    Spanish   Arabic    Bengali

List of locations: English   Spanish    Arabic   Bengali

District E-mail

Click here to receive the latest information about all that’s happening in Paterson Public Schools by joining our district 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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