School Programs

What is a community school?

A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health, and social services, youth and community development, along with community engagement, leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.

Community Schools are centers of the community, open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings, and weekends. Using public schools as a hub, community schools bring together a wide variety of partners to offer a range of services and opportunities to children, youth, families, and communities.

– Coalition for Community Schools

Our Vision

Community Schools Vision

To create and cultivate partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to empower our students and families by providing vital resources, creating academic opportunities, and real-world experiences.

What we offer

  • Before Care
  • After Care
  • Tutoring
  • Saturday Academy
  • Summer Program

Before School Program

K-8 Grade

Monday – Friday 7:15 am

Open enrollment with an $80 fee per student for the entire school year.

After School Program

K-2 Grade

Monday – Friday 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

$100 per student for the entire school year. Enrollment is based on availability (50 students per grade). 

21st CCLSC After School Program

3-8 Grade

Monday – Friday 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Free program with funding from the 21st CCLC grant by the NJ Department of Education.

Meet theCommunitySchool Team

Sarai Lucero

Director of Community Schools
& 21st CCLC Project Director 

Andrea Alcalde

Administrative Assistant

Quamir Jacobs

Elementary School Site Coordinator

Erica Plaza

Middle School Site Coordinator

Hear From Our Community

8 Morris Middle SchoolFamily
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My son went from struggling to ask for help to confidently reading chapter books to his siblings at home. The whole time, the CCSP team was cheering him on, right by his side.
75 Spruce Elementary SchoolStudent
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I love making new friends and the fun activities I get to do with my teachers.
8 Morris Middle SchoolFamily
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I am pleased with my daughter’s progress at CCSP. She is reading at grade level, and it’s only the middle of the year. I have seen a transformation in her reading skills from Kindergarten to 2nd grade. I owe much thanks to the dedicated staff at CCSP.
75 Spruce Elementary SchoolFamily
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I’m grateful that there are clubs and activities for my son to engage in after school each day in addition to after-school tutoring to help him with his academics.
8 Morris Middle SchoolStudent
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We work together to make a difference for our City. Every day I see a difference.
75 Spruce Elementary SchoolFamily
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The teachers are great, and they support us as the parents as well. Overall the school body is like a huge family.
8 Morris Middle SchoolStudent
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We’re here working hard to have the skills to make good life choices.

Community School Programs

Contact OurCommunity School


75 Spruce St.Paterson, NJ 07501

Phone 973.413.2057 973.345.7623

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