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 Promise

We promise to equip our scholars to excel in learning and empower them to lead purpose filled lives.

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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

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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.

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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 $4,336 less funding per student than their peers in Trenton’s traditional public district schools.

The result? Eight 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.

Celebrate Our Scholars at FA’s Annual 100 Man Welcome

By Foundation Academies Support Staff | January 18, 2023

Join us! We’re looking for 100 men as positive role models from our community – fathers, leaders, servicemen, artists, and more – to welcome and celebrate our scholars from kindergarten through Grade 12. The 100 Man Pep Rally at 7:00 am will be followed by our Welcome Parade. REGISTRATION REQUIRED using link below. Bring ID and mask. Friday, February 10, 2023 Grades 9-12 Welcome Grades K-8 Welcome Questions? Contact Sharece Matthews at or 609.510.0090.


UPDATE: Masks To Be Your Choice Starting Dec. 5

By Foundation Academies Support Staff | November 18, 2022

Per New Jersey Department of Health guidelines, masks are not required when COVID-19 transmission rates are low. Because Mercer County infection rates are currently “low,” and FA has not experienced widespread absences due to COVID-19, FA is updating our mask requirement and making tests available. Masks will be required Nov. 28-Dec 2, the week following Thanksgiving Break to help prevent a surge of COVID-19 infections. Beginning Monday Dec. 5, FA will no longer require wearing masks in all school buildings and during events. For healthy scholars, staff and visitors, wearing masks will be optional – your choice. Masks WILL AGAIN…