University Academy Charter High School (80-8060-990)

University Academy Charter High School

University Academy Charter High School (UACHS) opened its doors in the 2002-2003 school year and is currently in its fourteenth year of operation. We currently serve 436 students with a maximum NJDOE approved enrollment of 460 students.

Because of its affiliation with New Jersey City University, UACHS is uniquely poised to offer students a high school experience with college in mind. Students who graduate with a GPA of 3.2 or greater and who are accepted to NJCU with regular full-time status are eligible to receive the NJCU Presidential Scholarship and attend the university for free. Seniors have the opportunity to take a dual-enrollment English course, through which they can earn college credit at NJCU.

Administrators and teachers maintain high expectations of our students, and we encourage students to meet and exceed these standards through individualized, student-centered instruction in a small school setting consisting of classes of 20 students or fewer, designed to identify and develop students' strengths and address areas of challenge. Our school looks to foster a sense of community through our clubs, sports, and group-based discussion programs.

University Academy operates with service learning as a primary theme. The goal of service learning at UACHS is to promote an understanding that our youth can contribute to the community at large. By co-creating and implementing endeavors that address community needs and issues, youth develop their core academic and collaborative skills, habits of mind, and sense of self-efficacy. Every class is responsible for a service-learning project, and our 12th grade students are required to do a service-learning capstone project.

Students are also given a chance to develop their voices through the school's award-winning journalism program, which has been recognized both statewide and nationally for excellence. This program is designed to train students in media literacy and empower them to lead community change through open public discourse. The Student Voice is one of the most substantial journalistic programs at any urban high school in New Jersey.

University Academy continues to bolster its curriculum through a data-driven instructional program. Our students are regularly tested on mathematics and literacy skills, and the data from these exams is analyzed by our staff and translated to improvements in our student-centered learning experiences.