Title I Distinguished Schools-Profiles
Number 3, West New York is a kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary school of approximately 415 students. This school is located in a densely populated urban community located in Hudson County. The population is primarily foreign-born, transient, and low socioeconomic status. The goal of the school is to promote lifelong self-motivated learners. All students are provided with an equal opportunity to succeed academically and socially and to become effective citizens. The school motto is "PS3 is proud to be the Smallest and the Best." Student academic achievement clearly reflects the success of the school. ESPA and GEPA scores in math and language arts literacy from 2002 range from 84% to 96.5% of the students scoring proficient.
Number 16, Paterson is a grade 1 4 elementary school of approximately 305 students. The school is located in a low socio-economic area with a high student mobility rate; 93.3% of its students are eligible for free lunch; and 91% of the students live in a home where Spanish is the first language spoken. The school established goals and benchmarks to increase student achievement. The test score results have been dramatic. ESPA scores in language arts literacy rose from 32.6% passing in 2000 to 87.9% passing in 2001. In 2002, the pass rate was 100%. In 2000, only 23.2% of the students passed math, but by 2001, 91.2% passed and in 2002, 97.6% passed.