Volunteer Opportunity with JerseyCityEd

JerseyCityEd is looking for student volunteers in Grades 8-11 to help develop our website to provide more information about public schools 🏫 , private schools, classes, sports ⚽️ , and other educational opportunities in Jersey City. If you have a child in high school or going into high school who is looking for a way to volunteer, this opportunity could be a great way to get involved in the community!

The volunteers would be asked to gather information from friends, teachers, parents, administrators, and business owners. The volunteers could choose from writing ✍️ posts/pages, creating videos 🎥 , taking photos 📸 , distributing surveys ✅ , managing social media, hosting events, attending school board meetings, and more.

Great way to “volunteer from home” and even get some valuable experience with real life work that could make an impact and look great on college applications. The ideal candidate would be self-motivated, interested in education, comfortable with writing. A student could even pair up with a friend and join our team together!

If you know someone who might be interested, please contact us!

McNair and Infinity Application 2021-2022 Update

Jersey City Public School students applying to either Infinity Institute or McNair Academic for the 2021-2022 school year will be assigned to one of multiple testing dates. Parochial, charter, and non-public school guidance counselors can get more information at a meeting on January 8, 2021 at 8:30am.

This JCBOE new announcement adds to information previously released about McNair and Infinity applications.

McNair Academic High School and Infinity Application Process for Current 8th Graders

The application timeline for acceptance into Dr. Ronald E. McNair and Infinity Institute is now February/March 2021. The PSAT8/9 will still be required.

The PSAT 8/9 will be administered to Jersey City Public School 8th graders in their schools.

Additionally, all eighth-grade students currently residing in Jersey City and enrolled in a parochial, private, and/or charter school may take the PSAT 8/9 at the Franklin L. Williams School (MS#7) located at 222 Laidlaw Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey, on one of the following dates:

  • February 27,2021
  • March 6,2021
  • March 13,2021
  • March 20,2021 (make-up date due to inclement weather on one of the above-named dates)

More detailed information about the applications will be available by December 2020.

AEP and Infinity Institute Applications for 2020-2021 School Year Now Available

Applications are now available at Jersey City public schools as indicated on the JCBOE website. Find more information about AEP and Infinity Institute on Jersey City Ed. Test dates are March 14, 2020 and March 21, 2020.

We recommend calling the schools and programs directly for the most up to date and accurate information. Applications have likely been available for some time through guidance counselors, but JCBOE just posted this announcement today.

Continue reading AEP and Infinity Institute Applications for 2020-2021 School Year Now Available

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.