Nicolaus Copernicus School

Summary:

Nicolaus Copernicus School is an elementary public school in Jersey City, New Jersey, serving students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade. This diverse school has consistently outperformed the Jersey City Public Schools district and the state of New Jersey in academic achievement, particularly in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Nicolaus Copernicus School's strengths include strong performance among subgroups like English Language Learners and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. However, the school has seen an increase in chronic absenteeism, which may impact overall student outcomes. Compared to nearby public schools in Jersey City, Nicolaus Copernicus generally outperforms, but lags behind higher-performing schools like Thomas G. Connors Elementary School in Hoboken and Jersey City Global Charter School. While the school's diverse student population is a strength, the performance gaps among its Asian and Hispanic subgroups suggest the need for further attention and improvement.

Nicolaus Copernicus School's per-student spending is comparable to nearby public schools, but lower than the higher-performing Thomas G. Connors Elementary School. The school's relatively low student-teacher ratio suggests adequate resources to support student learning. Overall, Nicolaus Copernicus School is a strong performer within the Jersey City Public Schools district, but addressing chronic absenteeism and performance gaps among its diverse student population will be crucial for the school's continued success.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 3385 Kennedy Blvd
       Jersey City, NJ  07307-4210


(201) 714-4340

District: Jersey City Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
664th of 1,342 New Jersey Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,031 Help


Students who attend Nicolaus Copernicus School usually attend:

Middle:    Franklin L. Williams School
High:    William L Dickinson High School

Student/teacher ratio:  10.2 Help
Number of students:  521

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
44.7%
Hispanic:
37.6%
White:
10.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  51.6% Help


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Compare Details Nicolaus Copernicus School ranks better than 50.5% of elementary schools in New Jersey. It also ranks 4th among 26 ranked elementary schools in the Jersey City Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 50.03. (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 Racial makeup is: Asian (44.7%), Hispanic (37.6%), White (10%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 51.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Nicolaus Copernicus School is 10.2, which is the 5th best among 26 elementary schools in the Jersey City Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Nicolaus Copernicus School is $11,031, which is the 13th highest among 26 elementary schools in the Jersey City Public Schools District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Nicolaus Copernicus School:

SchoolDigger ranks Nicolaus Copernicus School 664th of 1342 New Jersey public elementary schools. (See Nicolaus Copernicus School 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 Nicolaus Copernicus School

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Rank History for all students at Nicolaus Copernicus School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 28.87 920th 1204 23.6%
2004 51.62 796th 1298 38.7%
2005 46.11 871st 1303 33.2%
2006 36.57 985th 1314 25.0%
2007 37.17 1017th 1329 23.5%
2008 40.80 956th 1338 28.6%
2009 45.48 869th 1346 35.4%
2010 28.89 1077th 1354 20.5%
2011 23.03 1128th 1360 17.1%
2012 32.73 1025th 1363 24.8%
2013 48.78 838th 1367 38.7%
2014 44.46 890th 1363 34.7%
2015 43.79 798th 1357 41.2%
2016 50.43 716th 1346 46.8%
2017 49.56 729th 1352 46.1%
2018 59.93 574th 1353 57.6%
2019 62.05 557th 1360 59.0%
2021 58.31 476th 1317 63.9%
2022 48.90 679th 1345 49.5%
2023 50.03 664th 1342 50.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Nicolaus Copernicus School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.09 308th 434 29.0%
2019 42.25 243rd 463 47.5%
2021 51.99 126th 411 69.3%
2022 45.26 213th 489 56.4%
2023 69.65 108th 499 78.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Nicolaus Copernicus School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.06 688th 1001 31.3%
2019 26.42 713th 1007 29.2%
2022 10.57 923rd 949 2.7%
2023 17.47 804th 958 16.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Nicolaus Copernicus School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.05 110th 942 88.3%
2019 81.67 90th 948 90.5%
2021 77.36 79th 839 90.6%
2022 67.62 199th 863 76.9%
2023 59.38 285th 910 68.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Nicolaus Copernicus School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.08 626th 1333 53.0%
2019 56.17 611th 1331 54.1%
2021 65.25 391st 1290 69.7%
2022 50.22 648th 1326 51.1%
2023 46.87 674th 1318 48.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Nicolaus Copernicus School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.59 505th 1334 62.1%
2019 66.63 464th 1335 65.2%
2021 51.62 554th 1297 57.3%
2022 47.50 677th 1324 48.9%
2023 54.11 592nd 1315 55.0%
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Rank History for Asian students at Nicolaus Copernicus School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.52 253rd 370 31.6%
2019 44.59 208th 370 43.8%
2021 33.56 254th 339 25.1%
2022 23.82 275th 348 21.0%
2023 40.59 224th 346 35.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Nicolaus Copernicus School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.22 307th 870 64.7%
2019 45.95 472nd 899 47.5%
2021 41.66 485th 896 45.9%
2022 38.60 559th 953 41.3%
2023 33.37 642nd 982 34.6%
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Rank History for White students at Nicolaus Copernicus School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NJ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.46 578th 1022 43.4%
2019 17.06 888th 1023 13.2%
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Data source: test scores: New Jersey Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Nicolaus Copernicus School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 613 16 124 335 0 n/a n/a 0 1088
1989 601 22 144 330 0 n/a n/a 0 1097
1990 540 42 144 382 0 n/a n/a 0 1108
1991 505 41 167 292 1 n/a n/a 0 1006
1992 490 47 182 367 0 n/a n/a 0 1086
1993 489 60 230 378 1 n/a n/a 0 1158
1994 494 46 250 391 6 n/a n/a 0 1187
1995 399 75 280 489 1 n/a n/a 0 1244
1996 399 75 280 489 1 n/a n/a 0 1244
1998 435 70 269 524 0 n/a n/a 0 1298
1999 420 65 315 578 1 n/a n/a 0 1379
2000 365 57 329 572 2 n/a n/a 0 1325
2001 340 48 310 538 2 n/a n/a 0 1238
2002 242 46 312 485 2 n/a n/a 0 1087
2003 242 46 312 485 2 n/a n/a 0 1087
2004 231 62 314 498 6 n/a n/a 0 1111
2005 211 48 307 461 1 n/a n/a 0 1028
2006 173 43 296 478 2 n/a n/a 0 992
2007 95 47 178 317 2 n/a n/a 0 639
2008 112 60 200 337 1 n/a n/a 0 710
2009 105 51 223 337 1 3 0 0 720
2010 120 58 243 379 1 5 0 0 806
2011 114 68 256 377 7 11 0 0 833
2012 106 66 263 371 12 7 0 0 825
2013 110 68 311 344 8 6 1 0 848
2014 125 58 295 343 1 8 2 0 832
2015 101 41 324 329 2 5 4 0 806
2016 92 41 321 313 3 2 10 0 782
2017 93 32 352 298 0 1 6 0 782
2018 87 26 344 260 1 2 7 0 727
2019 76 28 368 229 1 2 7 0 711
2020 51 25 336 246 4 0 7 0 669
2021 49 25 309 234 3 0 6 0 626
2022 51 40 261 218 3 1 6 0 580
2023 52 31 233 196 3 1 5 0 521

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 Nicolaus Copernicus School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1088 63.0 17.2 n/a
1989 1097 61.0 17.9 n/a
1990 1108 61.0 18.1 30.5
1991 1006 61.0 16.4 33.3
1992 1086 63.0 17.2 37.4
1993 1158 64.0 18.1 48.7
1994 1187 66.0 18.0 57.9
1995 1244 68.0 18.3 59.6
1996 1244 68.0 18.3 59.6
1998 1298 66.0 19.7 62.6
1999 1379 69.0 20.0 62.9
2000 1325 71.0 18.7 78
2001 1238 71.2 17.4 75.5
2002 1087 81.0 13.4 72.3
2003 1087 81.0 13.4 72.3
2004 1111 79.0 14.1 70.7
2005 1028 81.0 12.7 n/a
2006 992 77.0 12.9 74.1
2007 639 57.0 11.2 72.9
2008 710 59.0 12.0 72.8
2009 720 69.5 8.6 76.9
2010 806 50.0 16.1 73.8
2011 833 50.0 16.6 76.2
2012 825 69.9 11.7 78.3
2013 848 67.0 12.6 73.1
2014 832 63.0 13.2 65.3
2015 806 67.0 12.0 69.1
2016 782 61.0 12.8 65.9
2017 782 66.0 11.8 60.7
2018 727 63.0 11.5 61.2
2019 711 60.0 11.8 55
2020 669 49.0 13.6 54.6
2021 626 55.0 11.3 53.2
2022 580 57.0 10.1 50.9
2023 521 51.0 10.2 51.6

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 Nicolaus Copernicus School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1088 63.0 17.2 n/a
1989 1097 61.0 17.9 n/a
1990 1108 61.0 18.1 30.5
1991 1006 61.0 16.4 33.3
1992 1086 63.0 17.2 37.4
1993 1158 64.0 18.1 48.7
1994 1187 66.0 18.0 57.9
1995 1244 68.0 18.3 59.6
1996 1244 68.0 18.3 59.6
1998 1298 66.0 19.7 62.6
1999 1379 69.0 20.0 62.9
2000 1325 71.0 18.7 78
2001 1238 71.2 17.4 75.5
2002 1087 81.0 13.4 72.3
2003 1087 81.0 13.4 72.3
2004 1111 79.0 14.1 70.7
2005 1028 81.0 12.7 n/a
2006 992 77.0 12.9 74.1
2007 639 57.0 11.2 72.9
2008 710 59.0 12.0 72.8
2009 720 69.5 8.6 76.9
2010 806 50.0 16.1 73.8
2011 833 50.0 16.6 76.2
2012 825 69.9 11.7 78.3
2013 848 67.0 12.6 73.1
2014 832 63.0 13.2 65.3
2015 806 67.0 12.0 69.1
2016 782 61.0 12.8 65.9
2017 782 66.0 11.8 60.7
2018 727 63.0 11.5 61.2
2019 711 60.0 11.8 55
2020 669 49.0 13.6 54.6
2021 626 55.0 11.3 53.2
2022 580 57.0 10.1 50.9
2023 521 51.0 10.2 51.6

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Nicolaus Copernicus School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $534 (4.8%) $10,497 (95.2%) $11,031

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Nicolaus Copernicus School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 557th of 1360 Elementary schoolsRanks 664th of 1342 Elementary schools
 8.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Nicolaus Copernicus School)62.539
 23.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)47.440.3
 7.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)50.242
 8.2%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Nicolaus Copernicus School)67.146.8
 20.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)46.936
 10.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)55.145.9
 9.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Nicolaus Copernicus School)72.447.6
 24.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)5543.1
 11.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.451.3
 6.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Nicolaus Copernicus School)47.742.5
 5.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)38.131.3
 6.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)5144.3
 6.7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Nicolaus Copernicus School)63.962.3
 1.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Jersey City Public Schools)49.444.3
 5.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New Jersey)57.953.2
 4.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Nicolaus Copernicus School)47.443.6
 3.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Jersey City Public Schools)33.827.7
 6.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (New Jersey)46.840.1
 6.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students711521
 26.7%
African American2831
 10.7%
American Indian13
 200%
Asian368233
 36.7%
Hispanic229196
 14.4%
Pacific Islander21
 50%
White7652
 31.6%
Two or More Races75
 28.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients55%51.6%
 3.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Nicolaus Copernicus School

In the 2022-23 school year, 521 students attended Nicolaus Copernicus School.

Students who attend Nicolaus Copernicus School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Franklin L. Williams School
High : William L Dickinson High School

Students at Nicolaus Copernicus School are 45% Asian, 38% Hispanic, 10% White, 6% African American.

Nicolaus Copernicus School ranks 664th of 1342 New Jersey elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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