Student Life and Services


Department of Student Life and Personnel Services


 Ms. Candace Coccaro

[email protected]

Director of Student Life and Personnel Services

Phone: (201) 915-6227

Important Links- 

Adult Education Registration 



At the Department of Student Life and Personnel Services, we’re here to support you on your journey, with programs and services that promote high standards, equity, inclusion, diversity, and values that promote excellence in academics and social-emotional health.  We are committed to providing a robust continuum of services using the whole child approach of care.  Services include behavioral health services, a multi-tiered support system in academics and social-emotional learning, before and after school care, restorative practices, the convergence of equitable policies, and community partnerships to eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps to ensure access and provide excellence in education for every student. Each student's academic, physical, cultural, and social development is viewed as a shared responsibility of the child, parent, and faculty. Our goal is to ensure that each student's individual learning needs are addressed to help him/ her meet the unique and rigorous challenges of the college and career readiness process. These challenges are met with a team approach, which includes a collaboration between teachers, parents, administration, and additional outside agencies. As we embrace diversity and keep pace with an ever-changing world, we must provide programs that continually connect the school with the home and community in the most beneficial ways possible.

504 Services
A 504 Plan is a legal, written document for students with impairments that limit one or more major life activities having a substantial impact on the student’s academic performance.
  • It protects a child’s rights and health at school
  • It falls under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  • It is reviewed/updated once a year OR each time a child changes schools.
A-Team - Middle School Athletics
The Jersey City Public Schools Elementary Athletic League is designed to develop the student-athlete physically, academically, emotionally, mentally, and socially. A greater emphasis will be placed on participation rather than competition. Physical skills, methods, techniques, and rules will be emphasized rather than winning. The coach will emphasize team effort and collaboration rather than promoting individual achievement.
Sports Season II: During Season II students have the opportunity to participate in Boys' Basketball, Girls' Basketball, and Fitness Olympics. Fitness Olympics is an event-based, meet - based on the Presidential Fitness Campaign benchmarks. Students compete in categories such as sit-ups, jump rope, push-ups, shuttle run, and speed walk. This activity stresses the importance of being fit, healthy, and staying active.
Adult Education
The Jersey City Public Schools offers free day and evening GED/ESL/Adult Basic Education Literacy classes during the school year for New Jersey residents. The day program is located at Ferris High School, 35 Colgate Street, Jersey City. Classes are offered Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for further information, please call 201-915-6614. A valid New Jersey photo ID and proof of residency are required at registration.
The evening program is located at PS #11 School, 886 Bergen Ave, Jersey City. Classes are offered Mondays through Thursdays from 6 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. Free on-site childcare is available during the evening program. For further information, please call 201-915-6521 (after 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays).
Dickinson HS Adult Diploma Program



TAKE THE FIRST STEP (AEHS) is the adult education division of the Jersey City Public School District (JCPS). As one of the largest school districts in New Jersey, AEHS’s mission is to provide accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education to adult students.



  • All high school transcripts and proof of address.
  • You must be a Jersey City resident to attend this program…




  • Evening classes are scheduled to begin Monday, October 5th, 2020.
  • Classes will begin in a remote virtual setting and will follow the policies set forth by the school district.


For your safety and ours please wear a mask to practice social distancing.

For Questions or concerns please email, Mr. David Herman.

The Jersey City Public Schools offers Jersey City residents the ability to finish high school and receive a New Jersey State HS diploma through its evening program at Dickinson High School, 2 Palisade Ave. Jersey City. All prospective students must provide transcripts from prior high schools attended at registration. For further information please call 201-714-4440 (after 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays).
For program information, please email the program director Paula Christen or call 201-915-6227.
The Jersey City Public Schools prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying (HIB) of students and staff. All members of the district school community have a right to live and work in an environment that is safe. For that reason, every school in the district has a School Safety Team headed by the Principal and the Anti-Bullying Specialist (ABS) which provides support and works to reduce the number of bullying incidents by addressing bullying behavior through culture and climate.
All student HIB incidents should be reported to the school administrator where the incident occurred. The Principal and the school ABS investigates and reports the outcome to the district Coordinator. For questions please email the district Anti-Bullying Coordinator Paula Christen or call 201-915-6227. 
Athletics/ High Schools
Our Athletic Department is dedicated to providing programs that enrich the educational experiences of our students. These programs underscore the importance of student's learning and classroom achievements. The programs also help students develop traits that will serve them well throughout life, such as discipline, responsibility, sportsmanship, integrity, leadership, and an appreciation of all people.
With the assistance of their dedicated teachers, coaches, and the support of their families and the community, our teams and athletes have won local, state and national competitions, and have become a source of great pride for the Jersey City Board of Education and the Jersey City community.
More information is available by contacting the schools' Athletic Supervisors.
Citywide Student Council
The City-Wide Student Council represents the interests of all the Jersey City Public School students. Each student council member has demonstrated leadership qualities consistent with high expectations. The students share thoughts and ideas, attend meetings, develop new friendships, and participate in district-wide events that have contributed to the success of the council.
Community Service Learning
Community Service Learning is an educational strategy used to bridge the educational component of learning to real life, meaningful experience. Community Service Learning enriches student learning of curriculum by bringing “life to books.” It engages students in active learning that demonstrates the relevance and the importance of academic studies for their life and career choices. The students gain a sense of accomplishment and pride in themselves, their school, and their community. These projects foster personal, academic, and social growth supporting a comprehensive Developmental Guidance Curriculum.
District College Fair
The Department of Student Life & Services of the Jersey City Public Schools hosts the district-wide College, Career, and Self-Advocacy Fair. The purpose of the fair was to acquaint students in Grades 6 through 12 and their families with the college and career planning process and afforded them the opportunity to gather information and meet with college, career, community and trade agency representatives.
The Jersey City Public School District School Guidance Program is an essential and integral part of the district’s total educational program. According to the American School Counselor Association, School Guidance Counselors share the same vision – to prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s adults. School Guidance Counselors are committed to eliminating barriers and assisting students to understand their choices now will affect their future. All School Guidance Counselors implement Developmental Guidance to assist students with their academic, personal-social, and career development. As a department, School Guidance provides a framework of direction in advocating for our students. Basic and consistent forms, practices, and procedures are shared by School Guidance Counselors in all Jersey City Public Schools. School guidance counselors are first and foremost advocates for their students.
Home Instruction
In accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code N.J.A.C. 6A, the purpose of home instruction is to provide students the opportunity to continue their academic studies at times when circumstances prevent them from participating in the traditional school setting.
Home instruction is a temporary service available to the public and non-public school students enrolled in the Jersey City School District (General and Special Education). Its sole purpose is to provide instructional services in the areas of Math, Science, Health, Social Studies, and Language Arts, to students who are unable to attend school because of illness, injury, disability, administrative decision or court mandates.
Home Instruction services are available to both general and special education students. General education students are serviced from Kindergarten through grade 12. Special education students are serviced from age 3-21. The home instruction teacher typically meets with the student at their home or another convenient setting, such as the library.
Homeless Program
If you have become homeless, notify your child's school principal immediately. If you are homeless in another district, enroll your child immediately and inform the school that you're homeless. Ask to see the homeless liaison.
Intervention & Referral Services
I&RS is a New Jersey Department of Education mandated system of clearly defined steps that are taken to assist a struggling student. It is defined by NJAC 6A:18-7, which states that every school building must have an I&RS team that ensures interventions are given to struggling students. The I&RS Team is a multidisciplinary team that meets regularly to track the success of students identified through the I&RS process, as needing specific academic, health and behavioral “interventions” to be successful.
The Department of Students Life & Services is equipped with a team of highly trained SAC and Character Education Coordinators. These staff members are committed to conducting ongoing training for the in-school coordinators, and teachers. They stay abreast of current intervention approaches, and programs, which they recommend for implementation in the district.
Service Brokers
Each high school in the district has a Service Broker on board to assist families with outside services. All service brokers are MSW and have expertise in identifying the proper outside agency for families or students living on their own. As cases in the school are referred to them, they assess the situation and determine proper procedure.
Substance Abuse & Alcohol Assistance
Substance Abuse Coordinator: The Department of Student's Life & Services is equipped with a team of highly trained SAC and Character Education Coordinators. These staff members are committed to conducting ongoing training for the in-school coordinators, and teachers. They stay abreast of current intervention approaches, and programs, which they recommend for implementation in the district.
Student Assistance Coordinator: Assists in the coordination and implementation of student assistance services in the area of substance abuse and all at-risk behaviors negatively impacting student growth and academic success.