PATERSON, NJ  – An analysis of recent state test data reveals that middle-school students at College Achieve Paterson Charter School are dramatically improving reading scores from fifth to sixth grade. In the 2018-2019 school year, 80 percent of sixth-grade students are approaching, meeting and exceeding expectations, up from 61 percent the year prior. The school credits this dramatic increase to the focus and hard work of teachers and students. 

“The stakes are high in Paterson, where approximately eight percent of residents hold a college degree,” said Michael Piscal, chief executive of College Achieve Public Schools. “The team at College Achieve Paterson knows how critical it is that we close the achievement gap for our students, and they are working with a focus and urgency that will make it happen.”

Parents recognize that College Achieve Paterson is providing a high-quality public-school choice for the community. In addition to the 750 students currently enrolled in grades kindergarten through eight, the school has nearly 800 students on the waiting list. The demand has increased as the three-year-old school has experienced early success and the reputation has grown in the community. The school’s mission is to prepare its students to excel in and graduate from the top colleges and universities in the nation.

“Our students deserve every opportunity to help them prepare for a bright future,” said newly appointed president of the College Achieve Paterson’s Board of Directors, Craig Woolridge. “It is everyone’s job – from the principal to the classroom teacher to the office manager – to help break down doors for our students so they can realize their potential. It is my hope that in my role as board president, I provide a living example for our students that they can become anything they dream of.” Woolridge is currently the founder and chief executive of Woolridge Consulting Group and has previously served in senior management roles at Morgan Stanley, Cantor Fitzgerald and LibertyView Capital Management, among others. He is a graduate of Morehouse College.