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Jersey City Public Schools
Jersey City, New Jersey
Jersey City Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Marcia Lyles
Graduation rate:67.4%
Number of schools:38
Budget: $565.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Sangeeta Ranade
Board members:9
Term length:3
Jersey City Public Schools is a school district in New Jersey that served 27,028 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the second-largest by enrollment in New Jersey.

About the district

Jersey City Public Schools is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
Jersey City Public Schools is located in Hudson County, New Jersey. The county seat of Hudson County is Jersey City. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Hudson County is home to 652,302 residents.[2]


Hudson County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in terms of median household income according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Hudson County was $57,660 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Hudson County was 15.1% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.3% of Hudson County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Hudson County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 66.4 73.8
Black or African American 15.0 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 0.6
Asian 14.8 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 42.6 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Hudson County Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 176,138 50.34
Republican 27,539 7.87
Libertarian 188 0.01
Green 96 0.01
Other 54 0.01
Unaffiliated 145,878 41.76

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Jersey City Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year was Marcia Lyles. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2012. Lyles worked for three decades as a teacher and administrator for the New York City Department of Education. She later served as the superintendent of Christina School District in Delaware from 2009 to 2012. Lyles receives $231,000 per year in salary as part of a contract running through the 2015-2016 school year.[5][6]

School board

The Jersey City Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. Board members receive no compensation for their service.[7]

Jersey City Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Sangeeta Ranade 2015
Vidya Gangadin 2014
Bertram C. Okpokwasili 2014
Angel Valentin 2014
Carol Harrison-Arnold 2014
Marilyn Roman 2015
Micheline Amy 2016
Jessica Daye 2016
Ellen Simon 2016

School board elections

See also: Jersey City Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Three seats were up for election on November 4, 2014, and three seats will be on the ballot in November 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation at board meetings:[8]

In accordance with the Jersey City Board of Education’s by-laws, those who would like to speak at a Board meeting must notify the Board, in advance, of their intent to speak. Members of the public wishing to address the Board of Education must state their name and address and are requested to limit their comments to five (5) minutes.

With regard to agenda items requiring a vote, notification may be any time up to the start of the meeting. Once the meeting commences, no further speakers will be permitted to participate.

With regard to general comment items, notification must be 24 hours or more, prior to the start of the meeting.

All requests to speak at a board meeting must be made by either calling in your request to Anna Marie Carpenito, 201.915.6074, or by sending an email to her business email address of, during the time frames set forth above.


The Jersey City Board of Education encourages comment and opinion with regard to the conduct of our schools and consistent with the rules set forth in our policies, invites you to attend and speak during the public comment portion of our Board meetings.

Prior to speaking, we request that you identify the topic and agenda on which you are commenting. Please remember that all comments, even those made within the general comment section, must be related to the conduct of the schools. While comments may, of course, be critical in nature, they may not be, in any way, disrespectful, vulgar, or threatening toward any board member, the superintendent or school staff. Your comments may not be so hostile such that they have the potential to incite violence.

Again, we welcome public opinion, comment, input, and yes, criticism, but this is not a forum to advance one’s own personal agenda. Further, it is incumbent upon us as a Board to advise the public that comments asserted that are stated in such a way as to convey to the listener that they are factual and true, when in fact, may just be the speaker’s opinion, may be considered slanderous and present the risk of liability to the speaker as well as to the Board.

If any comments made by a member of the public violate the policy as explained above, the Board, and/or its counsel, will intervene and request that you refrain from further comment and that you take your seat.[9]


The table below displays the budget for Jersey City Public Schools:[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $196,578,375 37% $0 0% $0 0% $0 0% $334,103,905 63% $530,682,280
2013-2014 $209,466,162 36.2% $0 0% $0 0% $0 0% $369,784,192 63.8% $579,250,354
2014-2015 $199,539,065 35.3% $0 0% $0 0% $0 0% $366,337,938 64.7% $565,877,003
Averages: $201,861,200.67 36% $0 0% $0 0% $0 0% $356,742,011.67 64% $558,603,212.33

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Jersey City Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and teachers for 2012-2013:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 51,078 99,280
MA 54,378 102,580
MA 32 57,678 105,880
Ph.D. 60,978 109,180


Teachers in Jersey City Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Jersey City Education Association (JCEA). The president of JCEA during the 2013-2014 school year was Ronald Greco, Jr.[12]

Schools in Jersey City Public Schools


The district served 27,028 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 2.8% decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 27,832 -
2009 27,464 -1.3
2010 27,658 0.7
2011 27,397 -0.9
2012 27,028 -1.3

District schools

Jersey City Public Schools operates 38 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Jersey City Public Schools
Academy I Middle School
Bright Street High School
Dickinson High School
Ferris High School
Infinity Institute
Liberty High School
Lincoln High School
McNair High School
MS 4
MS 7
MS 40
PS 3
PS 5
PS 6
PS 8
PS 11
PS 12
PS 14
PS 15
PS 16
PS 17
PS 20
PS 22
PS 23
PS 24
PS 25
PS 27
PS 28
PS 29
PS 30
PS 31
PS 33
PS 34
PS 37
PS 38
PS 39
Regional Day Elementary School
Snyder High School

Academic performance

The New Jersey Department of Education administers annual standardized tests for math and English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency in every public school district. The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) tests student proficiency in grades three through eight. The New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) tests student proficiency in the 11th grade. Student scores are broken down into Partially Proficient, Proficient and Advanced Proficient categories based on annual test results. The following table lists NJ ASK and HSPA results for the 2012-2013 school year in Jersey City Public Schools:[14]

Student proficiency, 2012-2013
Grade level Subject Partially Proficient (%) Proficient (%) Advanced Proficient (%)
3 English Language Arts 46.7 51.6 1.7
3 Math 32.7 39.2 28.1
4 English Language Arts 59.0 37.5 3.5
4 Math 27.1 46.4 26.5
5 English Language Arts 56.0 40.3 3.7
5 Math 27.2 40.8 32.0
6 English Language Arts 52.6 45.1 2.3
6 Math 32.5 48.1 19.3
7 English Language Arts 52.6 42.6 4.9
7 Math 57.0 30.9 12.1
8 English Language Arts 36.0 61.3 2.7
8 Math 45.2 34.6 20.1
11 English Language Arts 19.5 66.7 13.8
11 Math 36.8 44.2 19.0

Contact information

Jersey City Public Schools logo.jpg
Jersey City Public Schools
346 Claremont Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Phone: (201) 915-6000

Website evaluation

Taxes P
Meetings P
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Contracts P
Audits N
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Public Records
Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of New Jersey school district websites

The good

  • Board of Education members are listed, but individual contact information is not provided.[15]
  • Meeting schedule is posted. Agendas are also available, but minutes are not.[16][17]
  • Administrators are listed with contact information in a searchable directory.[18]
  • Request for Public Records form is posted.[19]
  • RFPs and bids are posted; awarded bids and active contracts are not available.[20]
  • Testing information and academic performance results are posted.[21]

The bad

  • Current budget, including revenue information and salary information, is not posted.
  • Background check procedures are not posted.
  • Audits and local tax information are not posted.
  • Union contracts are not posted.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 State of New Jersey Department of Education, "Fall Enrollment Charts," accessed January 28, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hudson County, New Jersey," accessed October 28, 2013
  3. State of New Jersey Department of State, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," accessed October 27, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Terrence T. McDonald,, "Jersey City school board appoints new superintendent after raucous three-hour hearing," August 30, 2012
  6. New York City Department of Education, "Deputy Chancellor Marcia Lyles Leaving to Become Superintendent of Delaware's Christina School District," May 20, 2009
  7. Jersey City Public Schools, "Board Docs," accessed January 30, 2014
  8. Jersey City Public Schools, "Public Comments," accessed January 30, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Jersey City Public Schools, "Business & Finance," accessed December 12, 2014
  11., "JCEA Contract," May 10, 2010
  12. Jersey City Education Association, "Leadersip," accessed January 30, 2014
  13. Jersey City Public Schools, "JCPS Schools," accessed January 29, 2014
  14. New Jersey Department of Education, "Assessment," accessed January 30, 2014
  15. Jersey City Public Schools, "Board Members," accessed January 29, 2014
  16. Jersey City Public Schools, "Board Meetings," accessed January 29, 2014
  17. Jersey City Public Schools, "Public Board Docs," accessed January 29, 2014
  18. Jersey City Public Schools, "Online Directory," accessed January 29, 2014
  19. Jersey City Public Schools, "Request for Public Records," accessed January 29, 2014
  20. Jersey City Public Schools, "Forms," accessed January 29, 2014
  21. Jersey City Public Schools, "Assessment & Testing," accessed January 29, 2014