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Paterson, New Jersey
Passaic County
Paterson Public School District
School of Health Science is a public school located in Paterson, New Jersey with 274 students in grades 9-12.
Highlights
The Academy of Health Science is a themed based four year high school that places an emphasis on college and career readiness in the fields of healthcare and science. Students in grades nine through
The Academy of Health Science offers seven Rutgers University Dual Enrollment courses. The courses are Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Medical Terminology, Medical Mathematics, Fu
In June 2019, The Academy of Health Science was recognized as one of America’s Top High School according to U.S. News and World Report. The Academy of Health Science received the award based on perfor
Awards

Four students were state qualifiers in the National History Competition. Their project was entitled: Flight From Castro's Shadow: Operation Pedro Plan. Eleven students advanced to the National HOSA Competition in Orlando, Florida. They competed in The Community Awareness and Involvement and Medical Innovations Categories.

Location
5-7 Colt Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
Contact
Principal: Ms. Kelli White
973-321-0560
kwhite@paterson.k12.nj.us
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Grades
9-12
White 5%
Black 21%
Asian 7%
Hispanic 67%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
274
students
Female 75.5%
Male 24.5%
Economically disadvantaged students 84%
Students with disabilities 10%
English learners 7%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
68
Grade Percent of total students Students
9th Grade 28%
77
10th Grade 27%
74
11th Grade 26%
70
12th Grade 19%
53
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English & language arts proficiency
31%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
1.5
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 3
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 4
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
41%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 1%
1 to 5 days 14%
6 to 10 days 26%
11 to 15 days 23%
Over 15 days 37%
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English 48.2%
Spanish 44.5%
Bengali 4.4%
Arabic 2.9%
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Learn more about School of Health Science.

Mission

Mission: HARP Academy is a place where excellence in teaching and learning is expected and achieved. Students will thrive in a learning environment free from bias or discrimination due to gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

Academics

The Academy of Health Science is ranked for academic achievement in the top 5% of schools in the state. HARP Academy is theme based and focuses on preparing students for college and/or careers in health and related professions. Students are provided with rigorous instruction in college preparatory, honors and advanced placement math, language arts, history and science courses as well as Career Technical Education (CTE) courses for Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, and Dental Assistant. The articulation agreement with Rutgers University and Berkeley College allows students to earn up to twenty college credits in one of the seven dual enrollment courses.

Clubs

The National Honor Society, The Interact Club, The Chess Club, The Poetry Club, HOSA(Future Health Professionals)

Teachers

Staff members completed the following online and inservice trainings: Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying(HIB), Violence and Vandalism, Suicide Prevention, Blood Borne Pathogens, Affirmative Action, Crisis Prevention, School Safety and Diversity Awareness. Instructional Staff members in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, World Language, and Science participated in weekly Teacher Team Meetings. Topics during the meetings which were led by the building principal, school based supervisors and teacher leaders included: data management, Geogebra(Math), Edulastic, Dialectical journals, successful inclusion practices, and GoGuardian

Post high school

92%(50/54) students in the class of 2019 applied for and were accepted to a two year or four year college. The school guidance counselors conducted classroom Naviance lessons to assist the twelfth grade students with the college application process, A FASFA workshop was held for students and parents. Students will be attending The College of New Jersey, William Paterson University, Ramapo College, Seton Hall University, Montclair State University, Bergen Community College and Passaic County Community College. One student was accepted into the US Navy. Two other students are enrolled in a Dental Assisting Certification Program. The Class of 2019 earned $726,950.00 in renewable and non-renewable college and university scholarships

Supports

HARP Academy has a child study team that consists of an LDTC and a social worker. The offsite psychologist is available as needed. The IR&S team provides intervention and referral services. School guidance counselors provide academic and social support for students. Health difficulties are addressed by the school nurse. School counselors and the school nurse also refer students to outside counseling(i.e Perform Care) as needed.

Health

HARP Academy offers breakfast and lunch. The Grab and Go Cart is available from 7:15 a.m-9:00 a.m. 100% of the students at HARP Academy receive three marking periods of Physical Education classes for forty one minutes a day.

Parents

The Academy of Health Science has a Home School Council. Parents are provided with the opportunity to attend district planned parent workshops and seminars. All parents are able to access their child's grades by using the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. HARP Academy has a community partnership with the Paterson Rotary and Community Blood Services.

Facilities

5 Colt Street was renovated to accommodate three hundred students. There are 22 classrooms, a cafeteria, and two fitness rooms for physical education classes.

School safety

HARP Academy has a full time Paterson Public Schools Board security guard who is a retired police officer. There are also four motivated security guards. Staff members and the building principal work collaboratively with the security guards to ensure the students' safety.

Technology

HARP Academy has one to one Chromebook devices for students. During the 2018-2019 school year, one hundred and sixty five students received free tablets through the Sprint One Million Project. Technology is integrated in all courses.

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The Academy of Health Science is ranked for academic achievement in the top 5% of schools in the state.The core identity of HARP Academy represents a culture of caring where high academic and social expectations are established for all students HARP Academy is theme based and focuses on preparing students for college and/or careers in health and related professions. Students are provided with rigorous instruction in college preparatory, honors and advanced placement math, language arts, history and science courses as well as Career Technical Education (CTE) courses for Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, and Dental Assistant. The articulation agreement with Rutgers University and Berkeley College allows students to earn up to twenty college credits in one of the seven dual enrollment courses.

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