Student Life and Services
Ms. Paula Christen, Director of Student Life and Services
Phone: (201) 915-6227
Fax: (201) 332-7494
The implementation of a comprehensive Student Life & Services Program is necessary to assist and guide our students towards academic improvement, as well as, reaching social and emotional well being. Many of our students face daily challenges that can place them at risk for academically. By adopting a preventative, whole-child approach and providing a wide range of intervention strategies and activities, schools will be better equipped to reduce barriers to learning and enhance healthy developments. Each student's academic, physical, cultural and social development is viewed as a shared responsibility of the child, parent, and faculty. It is our goal to ensure that each student's individual learning needs are addressed in a manner that will help him/ her meet the unique and rigorous challenges of the college and career readiness process. The 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 way possible.
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.
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
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 contact the program director Paula Christen at 201-915-6227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 contact the district Anti-Bullying Coordinator Paula Christen at 201-915-6227 or email email@example.com
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.
The Jersey City Public Schools Attendance program is designed for consistent communication with parents about the absence of their children, our students. Every school has staff responsible for researching the reasons for student absence. Parents are responsible for providing the appropriate approved documentation when their children are absent.
The JCPS has two vans, clearly marked “Truancy Task Force,” managed by an Attendance Counselor and two police officers. They drive around the city and stop to question school-age children found on the street during school hours. Depending on their findings, they frequently return students to school or home. In all cases, the parent is notified and the school, as per the Student Code of Conduct, administers the appropriate consequence.
Any parent, neighbor, or business owner witnessing school-age children on the street during school hours may call (201) 433-6228 or (201) 433-6238 to report the date, time, place, number of children, and a brief description of the children.
C.A.S.P.E.R (Community After School Program for Education and Recreation)
C.A.S.P.E.R. is an after school program. We currently accept children in grades Pre-K-3 through 5. Children who are enrolled in C.A.S.P.E.R report to the program at 2:45 p.m. and parents pick them up no later than 6:00 p.m. During that time, certified staff from our schools lead and supervise activities. For further information, please contact Valerie Morris at (201) 915-6044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As the Jersey City Public Schools District sustains its commitment to enhancing students’ social decision making, and problem-solving skills, the Department of Student Life & Services continues promoting and supporting positive prevention initiatives through Character Education Programs.
- Social Decision Making/Problem Solving
- Buddy Mentors/Elementary Peer Leadership Program
- Do Something-Kindness & Justice Challenges
- High School Peer Leadership Program
- Home Grown Innovative Teacher/School Developed Programs
- Community League
- Implementation of Drug Education, Prevention and Intervention Activities, and Mental Health Referral Process.
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.
Court & Juvenile Justice Liaison
The Department of Student Life & Services is responsible for the district’s court liaison. Through the assistance of the court liaison, we service our students involved with the juvenile justice system. This staff member is a social worker and facilitates information between the district, the families and the court. The court liaison advises the courts and the families to facilitate the appropriate service, academic placement, and community resources for our students.
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 Fifteen Together program integrates mentoring of at-risk high school freshman and sophomore students with parental and community support. Building on the Fifteen Together concept, the Department of Student Life & Services continues to sustain the district’s commitment to establishing optimum opportunities for our students.
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.
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.
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.
Before School Morning Care program. The Morning S.T.A.R.S. Program begins at 7:00 a.m.; the cost is $3.00 per day. Morning S.T.A.R.S. is available at the following sites: P.S. No. 3, 5, 6, 11, 14, 17, 20, 20A, 22, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 37, & 38. For further information, please contact Valerie Morris at (201) 915-6044 or email email@example.com
The Project Graduation and T.R.A.C. (Transition Road to Attending College) programs are evidence of this ongoing effort to link school and community. Project Graduation Program is a partnership between the Jersey City Public Schools and the Jersey City Employment and Training Program. The purpose of this program is to identify and assist students who will be transitioning into their senior year in the following school year. The students receive classroom instruction, which will assist them with resume writing, job application, and workplace skills. The students are placed in various Community-Based Agencies. Through these opportunities, students gain educational, informative experiences as well as a connection to the community.
In order to afford our students every opportunity for success, the Jersey City Public Schools district steps beyond its borders and forms statewide partnerships. In doing so, we have partnered with Princeton University to bring the T.R.A.C. program into the district.
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.
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 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.
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.