Academy I

Summary:

Academy I is a high-performing public middle school located in Jersey City, New Jersey, serving 403 students in grades 6-8 with a diverse student population.

Academy I consistently ranks among the top middle schools in New Jersey, with 81.2% of 6th-grade students, 95% of 7th-grade students, and 90.1% of 8th-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts, significantly outperforming their peers in the Jersey City Public Schools district and the state of New Jersey. The school's performance is particularly strong across various student subgroups, ranking among the top 5-25 middle schools in New Jersey for Asian, African American, Hispanic, and White students, as well as for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Additionally, Academy I has a relatively low chronic absenteeism rate, ranging from 4.4% to 12.5% over the past several years, which is significantly lower than the district's average.

When compared to nearby middle schools, such as Franklin L. Williams School, also in the Jersey City Public Schools district, Academy I stands out as a high-performing outlier, with significantly higher test scores and a lower chronic absenteeism rate. Furthermore, Academy I's relatively low spending per student of $10,195 in the 2018-2019 school year, coupled with its exceptional academic outcomes, suggests that the school is able to effectively utilize its resources to support student learning.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 209 Bergen Avenue
       Jersey City, NJ  07305


(201) 915-6500

District: Jersey City Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
18th of 748 New Jersey Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,195 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  13.8 Help
Number of students:  403

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
41.4%
African American:
19.9%
White:
18.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  45.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Academy I ranks better than 97.6% of middle schools in New Jersey. It also ranks first among 4 ranked middle schools in the Jersey City Public Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 93.53. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Academy I is diverse. Racial makeup is: Asian (41.4%), African American (19.9%), White (18.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 45.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Jersey City Public Schools District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Academy I is 13.8, which is the highest among 4 middle schools in the Jersey City Public Schools District! (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Academy I is $10,195, which is the lowest among 4 middle schools in the Jersey City Public Schools District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Academy I:

SchoolDigger ranks Academy I 18th of 748 New Jersey public middle schools. (See Academy I in the ranking list.)

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Jersey City Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Jersey City Public Schools 459th of 615 New Jersey school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Academy I

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Rank History for all students at Academy I

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 18.08 483rd 574 15.9%
2004 61.08 303rd 588 48.5%
2005 67.14 259th 599 56.8%
2006 56.63 359th 615 41.6%
2007 65.93 273rd 631 56.7%
2008 57.95 347th 640 45.8%
2009 40.60 477th 664 28.2%
2010 54.01 400th 677 40.9%
2011 81.63 109th 684 84.1%
2012 78.81 150th 677 77.8%
2013 81.35 115th 704 83.7%
2014 83.18 90th 717 87.4%
2015 75.74 138th 713 80.6%
2016 83.36 72nd 713 89.9%
2017 90.22 23rd 712 96.8%
2018 91.40 18th 716 97.5%
2019 89.95 28th 745 96.2%
2021 92.71 35th 652 94.6%
2022 92.40 32nd 745 95.7%
2023 93.53 18th 748 97.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Academy I

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.52 6th 522 98.9%
2019 99.34 8th 541 98.5%
2021 98.93 6th 467 98.7%
2022 98.48 10th 549 98.2%
2023 99.34 8th 568 98.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Academy I

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.02 19th 680 97.2%
2019 92.30 22nd 703 96.9%
2022 96.59 10th 726 98.6%
2023 93.11 25th 720 96.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Academy I

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.28 6th 675 99.1%
2019 96.27 16th 697 97.7%
2021 93.51 23rd 635 96.4%
2022 95.87 21st 730 97.1%
2023 97.21 11th 718 98.5%
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Rank History for Asian students at Academy I

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.65 3rd 200 98.5%
2019 86.86 6th 199 97.0%
2022 85.18 13th 200 93.5%
2023 89.80 5th 201 97.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Academy I

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.55 9th 326 97.2%
2019 96.50 7th 326 97.9%
2021 65.32 49th 291 83.2%
2022 97.36 6th 356 98.3%
2023 88.03 19th 361 94.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Academy I

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.93 5th 504 99.0%
2019 94.69 10th 524 98.1%
2021 99.71 3rd 480 99.4%
2022 93.40 21st 591 96.4%
2023 99.54 3rd 587 99.5%
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Rank History for White students at Academy I

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 90.53 20th 497 96.0%
2019 96.81 3rd 504 99.4%
2021 95.03 10th 435 97.7%
2022 98.27 4th 512 99.2%
2023 91.52 18th 509 96.5%
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Data source: test scores: New Jersey Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Academy I

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1998 51 181 69 104 9 n/a n/a 0 414
1999 42 163 82 85 6 n/a n/a 0 378
2000 42 194 78 90 3 n/a n/a 0 407
2001 55 196 71 90 1 n/a n/a 0 413
2002 42 159 82 87 3 n/a n/a 0 373
2003 42 159 82 87 3 n/a n/a 0 373
2004 55 149 97 93 2 n/a n/a 0 396
2005 52 139 108 89 7 n/a n/a 0 395
2006 51 132 116 86 8 n/a n/a 0 393
2007 54 145 126 83 12 n/a n/a 0 420
2008 40 116 123 70 3 n/a n/a 0 352
2009 50 121 105 59 5 2 0 0 342
2010 58 143 122 75 5 2 0 0 405
2011 72 118 146 69 6 2 0 0 413
2012 71 119 159 75 6 3 0 0 433
2013 69 117 162 80 6 3 13 0 450
2014 63 130 166 83 4 4 11 0 461
2015 62 132 181 87 2 4 9 0 477
2016 67 113 209 77 1 5 11 0 483
2017 73 114 220 82 0 6 12 0 507
2018 61 107 213 85 0 4 17 0 487
2019 65 89 230 86 0 6 14 0 490
2020 57 87 222 79 1 3 14 0 463
2021 59 84 207 70 1 1 10 0 432
2022 62 75 183 75 1 0 6 0 402
2023 76 80 167 71 0 0 9 0 403

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Academy I

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 414 30.0 13.8 66.2
1999 378 33.0 11.5 74.1
2000 407 27.0 15.1 79.4
2001 413 27.2 15.2 78.5
2002 373 33.0 11.3 69.2
2003 373 33.0 11.3 69.2
2004 396 34.0 11.6 69.7
2005 395 35.0 11.3 n/a
2006 393 34.0 11.6 70.7
2007 420 32.0 13.1 68.3
2008 352 30.0 11.7 69.6
2009 342 40.5 7.0 74
2010 405 27.0 15.0 65.7
2011 413 28.0 14.7 69.7
2012 433 38.3 11.2 73.9
2013 450 40.0 11.2 69.6
2014 461 38.0 12.1 69.8
2015 477 35.0 13.6 72.5
2016 483 35.0 13.8 67.3
2017 507 34.0 14.9 63.1
2018 487 32.0 15.2 62.4
2019 490 30.0 16.3 59.4
2020 463 28.0 16.5 52.3
2021 432 26.0 16.6 47.9
2022 402 27.0 14.8 46.5
2023 403 29.0 13.8 45.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Academy I

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1998 414 30.0 13.8 66.2
1999 378 33.0 11.5 74.1
2000 407 27.0 15.1 79.4
2001 413 27.2 15.2 78.5
2002 373 33.0 11.3 69.2
2003 373 33.0 11.3 69.2
2004 396 34.0 11.6 69.7
2005 395 35.0 11.3 n/a
2006 393 34.0 11.6 70.7
2007 420 32.0 13.1 68.3
2008 352 30.0 11.7 69.6
2009 342 40.5 7.0 74
2010 405 27.0 15.0 65.7
2011 413 28.0 14.7 69.7
2012 433 38.3 11.2 73.9
2013 450 40.0 11.2 69.6
2014 461 38.0 12.1 69.8
2015 477 35.0 13.6 72.5
2016 483 35.0 13.8 67.3
2017 507 34.0 14.9 63.1
2018 487 32.0 15.2 62.4
2019 490 30.0 16.3 59.4
2020 463 28.0 16.5 52.3
2021 432 26.0 16.6 47.9
2022 402 27.0 14.8 46.5
2023 403 29.0 13.8 45.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Academy I

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $392 (3.8%) $9,803 (96.2%) $10,195

Data source: New Jersey Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Academy I

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 28th of 745 Middle schoolsRanks 18th of 748 Middle schools
 1.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Academy I)90.681.2
 9.4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)49.141
 8.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)56.149
 7.1%
6th Grade Mathematics (Academy I)82.863.2
 19.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)29.523.6
 5.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)40.634.3
 6.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Academy I)91.995
 3.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)5552.6
 2.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.855.7
 7.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Academy I)82.379.8
 2.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)3328.4
 4.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)42.133.8
 8.3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Academy I)91.490.1
 1.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)54.345.2
 9.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)62.955.3
 7.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Academy I)23.10
 23.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)15.310.5
 4.8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)29.315.4
 13.9%
8th Grade Algebra I (Academy I)89.889.1
 0.7%
   8th Grade Algebra I (Jersey City Public Schools)6160.3
 0.7%
   8th Grade Algebra I (New Jersey)75.166
 9.1%
End of Course Algebra I (Academy I)89.889.1
 0.7%
   End of Course Algebra I (Jersey City Public Schools)29.926.9
 3%
   End of Course Algebra I (New Jersey)43.335.1
 8.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students490403
 17.8%
African American8980
 10.1%
American Indian00
Asian230167
 27.4%
Hispanic8671
 17.4%
Pacific Islander60
 100%
White6576
 16.9%
Two or More Races149
 35.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients59.4%45.7%
 13.7%


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Students at Academy I are 41% Asian, 20% African American, 19% White, 18% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 403 students attended Academy I.

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