Founders Message

Founder’s Message


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~ Robert Guarasci, Lead Founder ~

The Community Charter School of Paterson was created by New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) in 2007 based on our belief that we could do more to help advance educational excellence in the City of Paterson—and at that same time promote positive youth development and strengthen families. 

We want our school to be a special place that recognizes that the heart of any exceptional school is great teaching.  And we know that great teaching—and by extension great learning—happens when it is supported by an exciting curriculum that promotes a life-long love of learning, by dedicated and caring administrators, by engaged and active parents, and by knowledgeable and accessible community partners. 

Our core objective will always be student achievement.  But we’re also interested in helping our students, parents, and families through a full array of support services.  We want our school to be a community school, a place that opens early, closes late, and is open on weekends and during the summer as a welcoming place for everyone who comes through the front door.

Rehabilitating the school building itself is part of NJCDC’s overall strategy to revitalize the historic neighborhood in which it is located.  With the new Great Falls National Historical Park just blocks away, we want to promote positive neighborhood change at the same time we provide our children with the head start they deserve. 

I couldn’t be prouder of our faculty, staff, administrators, students, and parents—all working together to make our school one of the best in the state.  My personal objective is nothing less than that, and my pledge is to work as hard as I can to ensure that each child we educate is given every possible advantage. 

Feel free to contact me anytime at rguarasci@njcdc.org.   I look forward to hearing from you.