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Paterson, New Jersey
Charters County
Community Charter School of Paterson
Community Charter School of Paterson is a public school located in Paterson, New Jersey with 912 students in grades KG-8.
Highlights
CCSP has been recognized by the State Department of Education, in its most recent school performance reports, as ‘Tier I - High Performing’ for our elementary grades 3-5.
CCSP received our 5-year charter renewal in March of 2017.
CCSP hosts an award-winning classical music instruction program as well as Afterschool, Saturday and summer programs.
Awards

CCSP has been recognized by the State Department of Education, in its most recent school performance reports, as ‘Tier I - High Performing for our elementary grades 3-5. We antcipate that our middle school campuses 5-8 grade will move into the Tier 1 status in the near future, with additional supports and new more effective leadership and teaching teams. CCSP also received its 5-year charter renewal in March of 2017. A documentary film about our classical music instructional program won the nationally prestigious ‘Tele award.

Location
75 Spruce Street
Paterson, NJ 07501
Contact
Principal: Mr. Michael Bussacco
973-413-2057
mbussacco@ccsp.org
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Grades
KG-8
White 2%
Black 33%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 65%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
912
students
Female 55.0%
Male 45.0%
Economically disadvantaged students 72%
Students with disabilities 13%
English learners 2%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
101
Grade Percent of total students Students
Kindergarten 11%
102
1st Grade 11%
100
2nd Grade 11%
103
3rd Grade 11%
101
4th Grade 11%
104
5th Grade 11%
102
6th Grade 11%
100
7th Grade 11%
101
8th Grade 11%
99
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English & language arts proficiency
45%
of students

Math proficiency
24%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.4
Incidents per year
Violence 4
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 4
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
64%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 2%
1 to 5 days 29%
6 to 10 days 33%
11 to 15 days 17%
Over 15 days 18%
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English 80.2%
Spanish 19.4%
Other 0.4%
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Learn more about Community Charter School of Paterson.

Mission

CCSP’s mission is to transform the lives of our students and families by becoming successful, life-long learners. It is central to our mission that we provide students, staff, & families with opportunities to grow academically, personally and professionally. Four critical elements to our school include: Following the Full-Service Community School’s model; Instructional Rigor & Intensive Student Support; Continuous Professional Development & Teacher Support; Data-Driven Instruction.

Academics

CCSP is in our 3rd year of K-8 implementation of a Balanced Literacy adopotion, which includes Readers & Writers Workshops and Guided Reading. We believe this helping to drive our literacy gains on formal PARCC and internal assessments. CCSP has successfully implemented a Singapore math program, Math-In-Focus, in grades K-8 dramatically increasing the rigor of our math program and computational and numeracy skills with our students. CCSP trains its literacy teachers in the Wilson Reading program and provides the Leveled Literacy Intervention program to students below grade level. CCSP also provides evidence-based intervention programs for students with IEP’s and struggling learners. CCSP has recruited new leadership and teachers with enhanced expertise to focus on providing more rigorous academic instruction.

Sports

Basketball (Coed), Cheerleading (Coed), Football (Coed), Soccer (Coed)

Clubs

CCSP hosts an award-winning classical music instruction program through a partnership with the Wharton Institute of Performing Arts. CCSP also provides a drumline team. CCSP’s afterschool programs host clubs such as: Yearbook; Innovations Lab; BMX building club; Sign Language and Great Falls Explorers. CCSP clubs include interscholastic sports such as basketball, soccer and cheerleading. CCSP also provides several clubs and enrichment programming in a comprehensive Summer Learning program.

Programs

CCSP provides comprehensive, 5-day/wk afterschool programs to over 400 students. These programs provide tutoring, academic support, academic enrichment and host a variety of fun and engaging clubs. CCSP also provides Saturday tutoring, before-school programs and a comprehensive Summer Learning Program for over 200 scholars. CCSP hosts an award-winning classical music instruction program through a partnership with the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts.

Teachers

CCSP provides over 120 hours of in-house professional development annually. ELA teachers receive training in Readers & Writers Workshops. ELA teachers are given the opportunity to attend the Columbia University Institutes, and earn Level 1 certification in Wilson Reading Program. CCSP provides job-embedded PD for many of our curriculum resources including Singapore math and Leveled Literacy Intervention. CCSP trains teachers in the strategies following ‘Teach Like a Champion’ model.

Supports

CCSP provides a wide variety of services to support students, particularly those facing academic or social/emotional challenges. CCSP has a family worker to provide family support as well as group and individual counseling for students. CCSP has a guidance counselor to support middle school students. CCSP provides Deans for K-4 and 5-8. CCSP also supports a full child study team (CST) with a full-time social worker, a full-time psychologist and a certified school nurse for each campus.

Health

CCSP provides free breakfast and lunch to ALL students everyday. CCSP also provides a nutritious school snack for students in all of our afterschool programs. The school also has a school garden that produces tomatoes, herbs, lettuce, kale and other delicious and healthy produce for students and their families. CCSP supports middle school basketball, soccer and cheerleading programs. CCSP’s wellness committee ensures that school policies and practices promote positive healthy behaviors.

Parents

As a Community School, CCSP orchestrates activities serving hundreds of CCSP parents, including: 3 day/wk Family Fitness Classes, Parent Academy; 10 Signature Saturday Events; Academic Celebrations for honor roll; Special Education Info Nights; Parent Orientation Nights; Monthly Coffee Chats; Monthly Home/School Council Meetings; Fundraisers; Volunteer opportunities. CCSP also supports a Community Advisory Board & engages several community partners to expand services & strengthen programming.

Facilities

CCSP is located in three recently renovated historic buildings that are filled with bright colors and natural light. All three buildings provide high-speed wireless internet access, air conditioning, and host a technology/media center. All classrooms have a SMART board and a technology profile that includes a document camera. Buildings are located within easy walking distance of the Paterson Museum and the Paterson Great Falls National Park.

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CCSP provides a longer school day and longer school year than traditional schools. CCSP’s school day also allows a full period of targeted small-group intervention or enrichment instruction for every student, every day. CCSP provides before school, Afterschool, Saturday and Summer programs for hundreds of students. CCSP has a 1:1 computer to student ratio in grades 5-8 and 5 computers in each classroom for the lower grades. CCSP provides SMART Boards, document cameras and laptops in every classroom and all three buildings provide high-speed, wireless internet access. There is a computer/media lab in all three buildings. CCSP requires that students wear uniforms and enforces a loving, but firm disciplinary environment.

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