TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) has released the state’s School Performance Reports for the 2017-18 school year, ranking Trenton’s Foundation Academies Charter School in the 88th percentile for public schools statewide. This ranking indicates that the school and students are performing better than 88% of all public schools in New Jersey.
Each year, the DOE School Performance Report summarizes academic, demographic, and progress report data of the 2,520 state public schools with grades K through 12.
“We couldn’t be prouder of our schools,” stated Graig Weiss, CEO of Foundation Academies. “Foundation Academies’ students and staff are held to extremely high standards. These impressive results further demonstrate that quality public schools really do change lives, and that our methods of doing more with considerably less funding than Trenton district schools are, in fact, successful.”
Foundation Academies’ ranking improved from the 70th percentile in 2016-17 to the 88th percentile in the new report, and students schoolwide exceeded the state’s median Student Growth Percentile (mSGP) for both English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics overall. Though the report’s findings are encouraging, the right to a high-quality education continues to be unattainable for far too many New Jersey families.
The complete 2017-18 School Performance Reports can be accessed on the NJ DOE’s report website at www.njschooldata.org
ABOUT FOUNDATION ACADEMIES
Foundation Academies is a top-performing public K-12 charter school in Trenton, NJ. Founded in 2007, Foundation Academies is currently serving more than 1,000 students across two campuses. With markedly less funding than Trenton district schools (approx. $6,000 less per pupil), Foundation Academies’ dedicated teachers and scholars are proving that all children, irrespective of race, gender, or socioeconomic background can succeed at a great public school. On state exams, all grades at Foundation Academies are outperforming not just their Trenton peers, but NJ statewide averages as well. And 100% of Foundation Collegiate Academy graduates are accepted to college. For more, visit: foundationacademies.org
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Graig Weiss has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Academies since 2014. He began there 5 years before as Middle School Principal. A 2003 Teach for America corps member, Mr. Weiss taught Math and Science in the Bronx and the Dominican Republic prior to becoming an administrator and was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2007.
Prior to entering the education field, Mr. Weiss worked in the financial services sector with Cambridge Associates, LLC in Boston, MA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Scranton.