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2017-2018 Elementary CHOICE Applications

Elementary School CHOICE applications are now available for the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Young Men’s Leadership Academy CHOICE applications due to Central Registration by April 1, 2017. Application: English   Spanish

Dual Language Program @ EWK CHOICE applications are due to Central Registration by April 1, 2017. Application: English   Spanish

Fine and Performing Arts @ School 24 CHOICE applications with (2) letters of recommendation are due to School 24 by April 1, 2017. Application: English   Spanish

Placement letters will be mailed by May 15, 2017

Preschool Registration

If your child will be 3 years old by October 31, 2017 and resides in Paterson, now is the time to register for in-district preschool. Call 973-321-2501 for an appointment. Limited space available!  List of dates & locations: English/Spanish Arabic.  List of school locations

Kindergarten Registration

Appointments for kindergarten registrations begin March 1 by calling 973-321-2501. Registrations for kindergarten are by appointment only and begin on March 20 and continue until June.

Central Registration is now accepting kindergarten CHOICE applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications are due to Central Registration by March 15, 2017. Kindergarten CHOICE Registration Application (English & Spanish)

We Need your Input to our District’s Equivalency Application Submitted to the NJ Department of Education (DOE)

You may have heard the term “QSAC”, which refers to an evaluation process that is used to ensure all NJ students – in every district – are able to attain a high quality education. The NJ DOE has already acknowledged the vast improvements being made in our school district by returning local control to Paterson for the areas of Fiscal Management, Personnel and Operations.  Over this past year, we have been working diligently to have our school district returned to full local control – which means we specifically need to improve in the remaining two QSAC areas: Governance and Instruction & Program.  

Currently, the QSAC indicators used to assess improvement in student achievement do not take into consideration growth in student performance. Instead, these look at snapshots of proficiency levels, graduation rates, and achievement on federal school-level metrics. In response to this, our district has developed this Equivalency Application as an alternative means of measuring academic achievement of our students at all grade levels.

This is your chance to provide feedback on the proposed Equivalency Application and to provide comments, questions, or suggestions to AcademicServices1@paterson.k12.nj.us. We thank you for your participation in this important direction for Paterson Public Schools.

"Like" our Facebook Page

What’s not to “LIKE?”“Good news” takes place in every corner of our school district on any given day. If you read District HiLites every two weeks, you know this to be true.

But today, District HiLites and our district web site are not the only resources for good news and information. For several years now, Paterson Public Schools has maintained an “official” Facebook page that features events, student performances and interesting videos and images – often as events are happening in “real time”.  Of course, we also provide important school and district messages and  and emergency notifications.

Nearly 5,000 Facebook followers is a great accomplishment – but with 28,000 students and over 4000 staff members, we know we can help spread the good news even faster!  That’s why we have launched a campaign to reach 6117 followers by 6/1/17.  So if you haven’t already done so, please visit our Facebook page and give us a “”Like” or help us by telling your neighbors and friends!   If you don’t  currently use Facebook, this is a golden opportunity to sign up. With so much good news to share, you’ll be glad you did!

Paterson Academy for the Gifted & Talented is Accepting Nominations for Sept. 2017

Nominations may be submitted to guidance counselors by students, teachers and/or parents. Visit the Accelerated Programs Page for more information.

Get Connected with Paterson Public Schools

App flyerBe sure to download the New and Improved Paterson Public Schools App to your phone or other smart device! This is the best way to stay in contact with your school or schools, as well as the district itself. Timely, important school and district information of every kind will be at your fingertips. Visit your provider’s app store today (Play Store for Android, iTunes or App Store for Apple devices) and search: “Paterson Public Schools.” It’s easy, quick and free! After you install the app, go to setup and select your school or schools, along with the school district and you’re done. View our App flyer here.

Like us  on FacebookFor up-to-date information about district events join the official Paterson Public Schools Facebook page.

Information on Assessments for Parents and Guardians

Click here for information regarding State Standardized Assessments to be administered this school year (2016-2017).

Good Grades Rewarded

Students who attain Principals’ List and/or Honor Roll in a marking period will be eligible to receive a free fruit bowl or an ice cream sundae at the Paterson IHOP located at 301 Main Street. In order for students to receive this incentive, they must bring their report card for a one-time reward per marking period.

Important Information on Paterson Water Testing

You can find information regarding the voluntary water testing completed by Paterson Public Schools during the 2014-15 school year in the following:

Update on Testing of District's Water Supply: English   Spanish

Water Quality Community Forum Presentation

PPS Parent University

Free for all parents and students in the Paterson Public Schools. Register Now! Flyer with details.

The Importance of School Attendance

Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school, every day, on time unless properly excused pursuant to NJ state law (NJSA 18A:38-25) and District Policy #5200.

Failure to cause a child to attend school regularly and on time can result in parent & child referral to municipal court for truancy and a fine. For further information please contact your child’s school or the district’s Office of Student Attendance at 90 Delaware Ave.

Project Child Find - Help Is Available

If a Paterson Public Schools’ student is having problems in their physical, social, communication, cognitive or sensory development, parents may contact the Department of Special Services at 973-321-0431 to obtain further information regarding help for students with potential disabilities.

Transportation Questions

school busIf you have any questions regarding transportation, please contact 973-321-0830 or 973-321-0686. 


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