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Union City, New Jersey
Hudson County
Union City School District
Jose Marti Freshman Academy is a public school located in Union City, New Jersey with 695 students in grades 9-9.
Highlights
MCJROTC develops character, leadership and civics through personal growth, citizenship, and physical fitness.
Tailored classroom instruction driven by data-assessment and disaggregation.
The freshman seminar program is designed to target at-risk students by providing academic and emotional support.
Awards

MCJROTC National Competition in Daytona Beach, FL 2012-2019. Received 4th place recognition in the 2017 competition. 1st place finish in John Bowne High school competition. 1st place in Tottenville High School competition. 2nd place in the Regional Marching Competition at Gloucester High School in Gloucester, MA. Over 1,300 people werein attendance for our Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Union City, NJ.

Location
1800 Summit Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087
Contact
Principal: Mr. Rudy Baez
201-348-5400
rbaez@union-city.k12.nj.us
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Grades
9-9
White 2%
Black 1%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 96%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
695
students
Female 46.6%
Male 53.4%
Economically disadvantaged students 94%
Students with disabilities 13%
English learners 17%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
695
Grade Percent of total students Students
9th Grade 100%
695
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English & language arts proficiency
32%
of students

Math proficiency
17%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
2.9
Incidents per year
Violence 14
Weapons 1
Vandalism 4
Substances 1
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 20
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
63%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 5%
1 to 5 days 29%
6 to 10 days 29%
11 to 15 days 22%
Over 15 days 15%
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Spanish 79.3%
English 19.3%
Other 1.4%
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Learn more about Jose Marti Freshman Academy.

Mission

Jose Marti Freshman Academy is committed to providing a safe, secure, and nurturing environment that fosters communication and respect among all members of our community. Our students are challenged to use 21st Century skills to fulfill their potential and meet the demands of a global society. JMFA was designed to create a caring, supportive, andpersonalized environment to ease the transition into high school while focusing on academics in an inquiry-based setting.

Academics

The district values its commitment to provide the highest quality learning experiences for students. We remain vigilant inour mission to ready each child for a successful future in post-secondary environments of college and career, to become productive members of society, and to become effective contributors within the 21st Century. To accomplish this goal, weenact a rigorous, comprehensive standard-driven curriculum for grades PK -12 in which all of the NJSLS are addressed and integrated.

Sports

Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Girls), Football (Boys), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Swimming (Boys & Girls), Tennis (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Winter (Boys & Girls), Wrestling (Boys & Girls)

Clubs

Art Club, Role-Playing Games Club, Student Council, Robotics Club, Technology Club, Nao Robot Programming,Basketball Conditioning, Audio Recording Club, Film Club are all offered to our students on site each week. In addition, students can travel to the main campus at Union City High School to take advantage of their club offerings as well.

Programs

Student success happens when families, students, educators, and community members work together and focus on the academic, social, and emotional needs of students. Through a relationship-rich environment that is open and flexible, the school s parent liaison and the community relation s director facilitate collaborative family/community activities. Parent breakfasts, community nights, and PTO meetings, connect families to the school and community that support student learning and success.

Teachers

Professional development is provided through high quality professional learning activities that are aligned with teaching and learning standards, are rich in content, and broaden the knowledge and skills of teaching staff members, administrators, and Educational Support Personnel. These opportunities are sustained and supported through job- embedded coaching, external expert assistance, on and off campus workshops, conferences, and digital online resources.

Post high school

At the completion of 9th grade, our students transition into Union City High School, which is a grade 10-12 campus. Immediately upon beginning their academic journey at UCHS, students are offered a bounty of opportunities to engage in and participate in programing that will support their post secondary goals.

Supports

The Special Needs program provides intervention and referral services for students who are experiencing academic, medical and emotional difficulties. The District has an autistic program, multiple handicapped programs, and a life skills program among others. The ELL program enables students to move from their native language to English. Certified staff meets all students needs to achieve the district goal to move students to the regular education program.

Health

At JMFA we understand that there is a connection between academic success and health and wellness. Because healthy eating and physical activity improves academic achievement, there are school policies, programs, and initiatives in place including healthy food options for lunch in the cafeteria in addition to curriculum practices in health and physical education classes.

Parents

Student success happens when families, students, educators, and community members work together and focus on the academic, social, and emotional needs of students. Through a relationship-rich environment that is open and flexible, the school’s parent liaison and the community relations director facilitate collaborative family/community activities. Parent breakfasts, community nights, and PTO meetings, connect families to the school and community that support student learning and success.

Facilities

We are proud of the building we educate your child in. It meets state code with well-equipped rooms for all subjects. Our building is kept in excellent condition by our maintenance/custodial department and our security staff keeps our students safe. Each department receives ongoing and continuous training in effort to maintain up-to-date and equipped with the tools and skills necessary to maintain safety and security.

School safety

JMFA has a School Safety team comprised of Administration, Dean of Students, School Nurse, School Resource Officer, and Security. This group meets on a monthly basis to address all pertinent safety topics and issues. Our building is equipped with video cameras to enhance the ability to the monitor the building. Finally, monthly fire and safety/security drills are conducted in compliance with State code.

Technology

STEM topics are covered through the curriculum as well as through extra-curricular activities. Science experiments and labs are a part of daily science classes. We have STEM and Robotics clubs that meet after school in conjunction with Union City High School. In September 2019 JMFA will transition into a 9-12 STEM High School Academy.

More

At JMFA, students are encouraged to reach their full potential by providing personalized learning environments, increased academic rigor and a more relevant curriculum that focuses on 21st Century skills. JFMA uses creative scheduling techniques to maximize learning. Our day is divided into nine 40 minute periods, and the core subjects of English and Algebra 1 are scheduled in 80 minute blocks. Teachers have common planning time, allowing for collaborative planning, "kid talk", and imbedded professional development. Coaches are utilized to support instruction in the classroom, drawing on a specific body of research, theory, and practice adopted by the district. They offer in-class support to teachers and staff members on literacy, mathematics and technology strategies. They individualize their work with small groups of teachers and/or students, and also work one-on-one over a long period of time. Since many of our students are first generation high school students, parent involvement is critical and one of our school s major goals. We offer a Freshmen orientation and an informal parent orientation two weeks prior to the opening of school to introduce the school''s Administrative Team and key personnel. We want to assist parents with the transition of their child into the world of the high school student and the expectations placed them. There are many programs and workshops to educate our parents about major issues and challenges that their children face as adolescents as well as those they face as parents of teenage children. Our parent liaison works with organizations and our school community to enlist stakeholders and organize meaningful and educational programs for parents. The School Based Youth Services Program provides a direct link between the educational system, and social services, health, and employment systems. These programs provide intervention, individual/family counseling, and substance abuse prevention and counseling.

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