HOBOKEN, NJ - Hoboken Charter School now has a single, permanent home for its K-12 program, with Thursday's opening of its brand-new high school building at 711 Washington Street.
Formerly a four-story residential property, the new facility was purchased in August 2019 and underwent an extensive renovation to convert it into an innovative educational space. The Hoboken Historical Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and community leaders provided input on preserving the building’s original façade. The modern facility was then connected to the adjacent existing Hoboken Charter lower and middle school at 713 Washington Street through the installation of glass-enclosed bridges and a cantilevered external stair system, creating a cohesive campus for the full K-12 program that will serve the Hoboken community for years to come.
"It's a thrilling moment to finally and fully realize two key aspects of our original vision for the Hoboken Charter School,” says Mark Silberberg one of the founders of Hoboken Charter School. “The first is the creation of a single campus for the K-12 community. The second is a mission-aligned learning space for our high school students. We have always believed in the power of a multi-age learning community and now all of our students and teachers will benefit from hard work and dedication that has gone into realizing this dream.”
The Hoboken Charter School (HCS) is a K-12 community focused on developing academic, artistic, personal, and civic growth of all its members through social justice education and service-learning via learner-centered practices. HCS has received international, national, state, and local recognition for its service-learning, social justice, character and civic education, music, art, STEM, and overall programming—while students have been recognized on websites such as: History Channel, NASA, littleBits, Girls Who Code and Huffington Post.
Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla joined administrators and students from Hoboken Charter School on Thursday for the special ribbon cutting ceremony.
“I am so happy to see this vibrant public high school program finally have permanent space to continue to fulfill its mission of social justice and service-learning,” comments Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “Over the past years, I have personally seen the benefit HCS Upper School has brought to the community in providing a small, personalized program with a unique mission. I have particularly enjoyed the art installations students have created for display in City Hall over the years that provoke thought and action around social justice issues and their leadership in their annual March on Washington Street. I expect to continue to see great things from this little yet mighty mission-driven school in its new K-12 campus.”
The High School facility offers six spacious classrooms spread throughout four floors, with access to an outdoor roof deck and courtyard, plus a larger meeting space. The distinctive external stair system and enclosed bridges connect the two buildings and provide efficient space for high school student lockers.
“Hoboken Charter School provides a thirteen-year mission-driven experience through which students engage in learning experiences, grounded in principles of social justice education and service-learning,” says school Director, Deirdra Grode. “With the opening of this modern shared campus, the transition from one division to the next will be more fluid allowing for deeper learning, and our ability to engage all of our students in rich and meaningful inter-age experiences will be enhanced. We designed the new upper school space to enhance personalized and active learning opportunities as we prepare our students to bring who they are to the program, find their areas of passion and depart HCS with a commitment and the skills to be agents of powerful change in their community and the world.”
For more information on Hoboken Charter School, visit HobokenCS.org.
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