The Community Charter School of Paterson (CCSP) received approval of its charter school application in January of 2007.
The school was founded by New Jersey Community Development
Corporation (NJCDC), with NJCDC President Bob Guarasci serving as Lead
Founder. Bob was joined by a small group of committed parents and
community members who envisioned a charter school with a strong
connection to the community, a wildly inspiring environment to propel a
love of learning, and a faculty and staff deeply committed to advocacy
on behalf of children and families. The ongoing support of NJCDC—a
non-profit community development and social service agency based in
Paterson—is central to the school’s success.
The school was granted a planning year, during which a great deal of
work occurred to prepare for the school’s opening. On August 14, 2008,
the school’s charter was granted by New Jersey Department of Education
Commissioner Lucille Davy. The school opened on September 3, 2008 with a
maximum enrollment of 400 children in grades K-3. The new building, a
34,000 square foot former industrial building in Paterson’s Great Falls
Historic District, provides outstanding educational space with a host of
features to promote student success.
In September of 2009, the school expanded to 500 students in grades
K-4. In the spring of 2010, while determining the long-term growth of
the school, it was decided effective September 2011 to relocate the
kindergarten classes to a new location: 75 Spruce Street.