Achieve More Together

Outperforming 92% of All Public Schools in New Jersey

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Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure that all of our students secure the academic knowledge and skills to prepare them for the nation's finest colleges, and to instill in them the core values of caring, respect, responsibility, and honesty.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to create a wide range of intentional learning experiences in a joyful, inclusive, and culturally responsive environment so that all our scholars can develop the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill their purpose. 

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Every child deserves access to opportunity.
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Grades K-2

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Grades 3-5

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Grades 6-8

Foundation Academy Collegiate

Grades 9-12


Prepare for College and Beyond

Navigating the road from Kindergarten to and through college. Our four schools are educating and empowering Trenton's youth to pursue a life of achievement and to become the next generation of compassionate, honorable leaders.

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Get to Know Us

Bold, All-Hands-On-Deck Positivity

Foundation Academies’ students, teachers, families, donors, and volunteers welcome with open arms, lead with compassion, speak up with passion, and are dedicated to a shared mission of youth opportunity and positive community achievement.

Parent resources: Welcome to our family-like culture

Parent Resources

Welcome to our Family-Like Culture

Collaborating closely and openly with parents is essential to providing students with the very best education. We communicate often, celebrate transparency, and happily welcome questions, feedback, and involvement.

Foundation Academies Does Not Tolerate Acts of Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying.

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Join Our Team

Make an Impact the World Will See

Public urban education isn’t for everyone, but it’s the calling of our staff—and we answer it with conviction, pride, and dedication. We’re difference-makers who go all-in. Our purpose is to ensure an excellent education for all students, positively influencing the lives of the Black and Brown students we serve.



Invest in Leadership
for Future Generations

As a free public charter school, Foundation Academies students receive $7,317 less funding per student than their peers in Trenton’s traditional public district schools.

The result? Seven consecutive years of 100% college acceptance.

With such a powerful return on spending, can you imagine how many more students we could educate, nurture, and empower to go to college if more donors made it possible to bridge the funding gap?

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Join Our Mission, Change Lives, and Have Fun!

By guest judging a contest, speaking on a panel, conducting mock interviews, or serving on a committee, you can have a lot of fun while helping to make a difference in the lives of our kids.

Mark your calendar! Don’t miss these end-of-year school events

By Foundation Academies Support Staff | May 31, 2022

Please note The following items ARE NOT be permitted inside FA buildings during events: Fanny Packs/Large PursesCamera Bags/Binocular CasesBackpacks or String BagsDuffle BagsRolling BagsBriefcases All School June 17 FA Night at Trenton Thunder – 6 pm gates open; CEO Graig Weiss throws first pitch. Get tickets here (2 FREE tickets for each FA family) FA Collegiate June 8 Senior Signing Day June 9  Senior Picnic June 9  FA Orchestra June 13  Seniors’ Graduation Practice June 14  Seniors’ Graduation Practice June 15  FAC Graduation Trenton Thunder Stadium June 16 Super Fun Field Day  FA Middle School June 6-8th  iReady TestingJune 10  Musical…


Shout Out to FA School Nurses

By Foundation Academies Support Staff | May 11, 2022
Nurse Carmen

School Nurse Carmen Soto was hired to work at Foundation Academy Collegiate in 2020 – not long before the COVID-19 pandemic upended school life.  “It was crazy,” she recalled. More than two years later, Nurse Carmen is still helping students, families, faculty and staff deal with COVID. The same health concerns keep Foundation Academy Primary nurses, Deborah Negron and Jatzi Nieto, busy. “If I had one wish it would be that all this would be over and we could get back to normal,” Nurse Deborah said. Working in a school is akin to an emergency room, they said – you…