Congratulations to Infinity Institute for the 2019 Blue Ribbon Award

The US Department of Education just announced the winners of the 2019 Blue Ribbon Awards, and Jersey City’s Infinity Institute was recognized in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools!

The school’s application revealed some information about the school.  Of its 293 students, 193 (66%) are eligible for free/reduced-price meals.  97% of graduates enrolled in a 4-year college or university, and the remaining 3% enrolled in a community college.  The staff includes 2 Administrators, 17 classroom teachers, 4 resource teachers, and 2 counselors.

The racial breakdown of students is as follows:

  • 29% Asian
  • 24% Hispanic or Latino
  • 24% White
  • 21% Black or African American

The breakdown is largely representative of Jersey City’s population, and is the result of the admissions process that is describe in Infinity Institute’s Blue Ribbon application, quoted here:

“As a magnet school, Infinity Institute facilitates an acceptance process for both the middle and high school grades. At the middle school level, students apply for admission as current 5th – 7th graders. While at the high school level, students must be enrolled as current 8th or 9th graders at the time of their application. The high school admissions process begins annually, in the fall. Applications are distributed to the district’s public and charter elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and non-public schools located in Jersey City. Interested students are required to complete and submit an application to their school counselors. All completed applications must include student residence information, grades for the past two years in five core subjects (reading, writing, math, social studies, and science), recommendations from three teachers and one administrator, attendance record from the current year, Preliminary SAT 8/9 (PSAT 8/9) scores, and extracurricular activities. For each admissions criterion, the students receive points. The points are tabulated electronically to determine each student’s total overall score. The total maximum points that can be obtained are 100. Once the scores have been tabulated, all applicants in the databases are grouped into four subgroups based on their reported ethnicity: Hispanic, White, African-American, and Other (Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American). In each subgroup, the applicants’ total scores are ranked from highest to lowest. Since the school seeks to enroll a hundred new students each year, the committee offers acceptance to the top 20 applicants of each ethnicity subgroup (80 students). Once 80 accepted students have been identified in each subgroup, the remaining applicants from the four subgroups are placed in one group and ranked from highest to lowest based on their application score. The final 20 accepted students are the top 20 applicants in this heterogeneous group. If an accepted student declines the invitation to enroll, the committee then invites the next student on the heterogeneous list to enroll. At the middle school level, the admissions
process begins in early winter each school year and is very similar to the high school process.”

For more information about Infinity Institute, take a look at Jersey City Ed’s Infinity Institute school profile.

How Race, Gender, and Economic Advantage Can Predict 2018-2019 NJSLA Standardized Test Scores

We have begun reviewing the 2018-2019 NJSLA test score data recently published by the New Jersey Department of Education, and what stands out from summary level statewide data are the racial, economic, and gender disparities:

  • Racial disparities are present and relatively consistent throughout all grades, with Asian and White students scoring above the state average and African American and Hispanic students scoring below average
  • Economically disadvantaged students consistently score lower, often with the percentage of these students meeting or exceeding expectations being 30% lower than that of their non-economically disadvantaged counterparts
  • The gender disparity present in Grade 3 English and Language Arts appears to become more severe by Grade 8.  And while 3rd grade boys performed marginally better in Math, girls performed marginally better in Math in 8th grade.
% of Students Who Met or Exceeded Expectations
Grade 3 ELA Grade 8 ELA Grade 3 Math Grade 8 Math
Male 46 55 56 27
Female 55 71 54 31
Gender Gap -9 -16 2 -4

Based on this guidance from PARCC, we expect the JCBOE to mail individual score reports to parents soon.  See a sample score report here.

2018-2019 NJSLA and PARCC Assessment Results Now Available

The New Jersey Department of Education just published statewide NJSLA and PARCC test scores for the 2018-2019 school year. Look for our school by school analysis soon on Jersey City Ed, after we sift through the Jersey City and Hudson County test data over the next few weeks. For last year’s analysis, check out our PARCC Score Reports page.

NJSLA is the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment and PARCC is Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. You can learn more about the changes made to the PARCC last school year here.

Bus Transportation from Jersey City Heights (and other locations) to MS4

Interested in bus transportation from Jersey City Heights or other locations to MS4?  If so, take a look at this bus transportation flyer and call 201-344-9829 or 201-780-2714 for more information.  This application is from a private bus service that is providing transportation for other Jersey City school students.  It’s generally easier to maintain a bus route with a critical mass of participating students, so the parents are looking for more families to join.

We know private bus transportation options are limited, but please do your own due diligence in selecting a transportation provider.  Jersey City Ed is sharing this for informational purposes, but we do not recommend any particular transportation provider over another.

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2019-2020 Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten Plan for PS #16 School Zone and Danforth

For the 2019-2020 school year, all students in the Jersey City Public School PS #16 Cornelia Bradford school zone enrolled in the Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 program will be bused to Danforth Avenue Early Childhood Center.  Students who have been attending Pre-K4 at Danforth Avenue in the 2018-2019 school year are automatically guaranteed Kindergarten placement at PS #16 on Sussex St. in Paulus Hook for the 2019-2020 school year.  Newly enrolled Kindergarten students, on the other hand, will be bused to Danforth Avenue, likely forming two classrooms.

Similarly, students not enrolled in the public Pre-K4 program at Danforth by October 15, 2019 will not be guaranteed a spot for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year at the PS #16 main building.  These students will likely be bused to Danforth Avenue for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.

Check back for more information about grades 1-5 soon.

Late Registration for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 Tomorrow June 6

The Jersey City Public Schools Early Childhood Department is holding another late registration day tomorrow, Thursday June 6, 2019 for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4.

This late registration will be held at the Glenn D. Cunningham Center at 218 Ocean Avenue (at the corner of Danforth Avenue) from 8:30am until 7:00pm.  

Parents must bring the child’s birth certificate (or copy); 2 proofs of residency; child’s immunization records and the child must accompany the parent.