New High School House To Open In September

ELIZABETH—Elizabeth Public Schools announced that Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy, accommodating grades 9-12, will open its doors in September, bringing a total of eight houses serving the largest high school population in the United States. The Preparatory Academy will integrate a rigorous curriculum with the philosophies of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.

AVID is a research-based instructional model that encourages students to prepare for and participate in a challenging college preparatory curriculum. In addition to enrolling in honors and AP level courses, students will receive academic support through a specially designed AVID elective taught by AVID-trained instructors.

The Preparatory Academy will select students with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher who demonstrate academic potential and are committed to preparing for post-secondary education.

Complying students will participate in a rigorous academic course sequence which will include: four years of English, four years of mathematics, four years of science, four years of social studies, three years of world language and one year of world literature. In addition, eleventh and twelfth graders will pursue a concentration in leadership studies.

Students enrolled in the Preparatory Academy are expected to follow all rules, regulations and policies of the Academy and the district. Students will be required to wear school uniforms, perform community service and take ownership in the AVID program. The combination of rigorous and relevant courses, a variety of elective subjects and the philosophy of the AVID program will allow students the opportunity to excel in high school and beyond.

“We are eagerly anticipating the opening of the Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy. Elizabeth Public Schools officials including the Board of Education have worked tirelessly to map out a feasible plan in order to make the students’ high school experience even more meaningful and fruitful,” said Board President Armando Da Silva.

Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz is also eager to see the Alexander Hamilton Preparatory School succeed.

“We’ve taken a hard look at what we can do to improve the quality of our students’ academic life at Elizabeth High School. We have students attending Ive League Institutions as well as other prestigious universities throughout the country. Our formula is undoubtedly working, and we’re eager to apply even more initiatives to the high school to further enable the success of our students.”

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