Jersey City Public Schools

Jersey City Public Schools
Jersey City Public Schools
Superintendent: Dr. Charles T. Epps, Jr.
Business Administrator: Melissa Simmons
Address: 346 Claremont Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Grade Range: K-12
School facilities: 40
Enrollment: 28,117 (as of 2007-08)[1]
Faculty (in FTEs): 2,507.0
Student–teacher ratio: 11.2
District Factor Group: B
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Ind. Per Pupil District
 %± vs.
1 Comparative Cost $17,507 99 $13,632 28.4%
2 Classroom Instruction 10,321 102 8,035 28.5%
6 Support Services 2,679 86 2,166 23.7%
8 Administrative Cost 1,749 104 1,379 26.8%
10 Operations & Maintenance 2,553 100 1,674 52.5%
13 Extracurricular Activities 173 19 258 -32.9%
16 Median Teacher Salary 52,623 21 57,597
Data from NJDoE 2009 Comparative Spending Guide.[2]
*Of K-12 districts with 3,501+ students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=105

The Jersey City Public Schools is a comprehensive community public school district located in Jersey City, New Jersey. The district is one of 31 Abbott Districts statewide.[3]

As of the 2007-08 school year, the district's 40 schools had an enrollment of 28,117 students and 2,507.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.2.[1]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "B", the second lowest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.[4]

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School was previously ranked as the top high school in New Jersey according to New Jersey Monthly magazine. William L. Dickinson High School is the oldest high school in the city and James J. Ferris High School is represented by some of the top students of Jersey City who are members of the National Academy Foundation Magnet Programs. Academy I Middle School, one of the top middle schools in the country. Has been recognized with several achievements, including first place in the Lexus Environmental Challenge in 2008.


Awards and recognition

Dr. McNair Academic High School was named as a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve, in the 1994-95 school year.[5]

Alexander D. Sullivan School was recognized by Governor Jim McGreevey in 2003 as one of 25 schools selected statewide for the First Annual Governor's School of Excellence award.[6]


Secondary schools

High schools

Middle schools

Franklin L. Williams M.S. 7

PK-8 schools

Ollie E. Culbreath, Jr. P.S. 14


Primary schools

Anthony J. Infante P.S. 31



PK - 2



Core members of the district's administration are:[7]

  • Dr. Charles T. Epps, Jr., Superintendent
  • Melissa Simmons, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

Board members

"[The] Jersey City Board of Education is comprised of nine, hard-working individuals elected by the residents of Jersey City. [They] work as advocates for our children and families, act as advisors to the Superintendent and the schools’ administrators, and serve as liaisons between the schools and the people of our community. [Members] are elected to three-year terms, and fulfill our responsibilities without benefit of pay or other compensation."[7]

Board Members meet at 6 p.m. once per month at the following location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School, 886 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey

Board Members
Name Term Start Term Expires Served Since Number of Terms
Sean Connors April 27, 2009 April 2012 April 27, 2009 1
William DeRosa April 27, 2009 April 2012 n/a n/a
Dr. Peter J. Donnelly April 28, 2008 April 2011 April 2005 3
Carol L. Lester April 27, 2010 April 2013 April 27, 2010 1
Suzanne T. Mack April 28, 2008 April 2011 April 1996 n/a
Patricia Sebron April 27, 2009 April 2012 April 27, 2009 1
Dr. Frances O. Thompson April 28, 2008 April 2011 April 28, 2008 1
Angel L. Valentin April 27, 2010 April 2013 April 2005 3
Sterling Waterman April 27, 2010 April 2013 April 27, 2010 1


External links

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Coordinates: 40°42′51″N 74°05′14″W / 40.714057°N 74.087308°W / 40.714057; -74.087308

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