School Profile

The Golden Door Charter School was founded in 1998 as one of Jersey City's first charter schools. Located at 3044 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, our state of the art building serves as a wonderful learning environment to roughly 550 students in grades Pre-K4 through eight. A highly qualified certified teaching and support staff instructs our students. The Golden Door Charter School benefits from a highly skilled and experienced leadership team, comprised of the following members:

  • Brian Stiles, Chief Academic Officer
  • Fanny Lopez, Assistant Director
  • Paul Velelis, Business Administrator
  • Tabitha Madera, Elementary School Curriculum Supervisor
  • Diana Figueroa, Middle School Curriculum Supervisor

Facility
The school is located in a three-story building, built specifically as an elementary school. The location is leased from the city of Jersey City.

Number of Students, Grades, and Classes
The school's charter authorizes a maximum enrollment of 549 students in grades Pre-K4,Kindergarten 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Class Size
24 students per class

School Day
Students arrive for breakfast at 7:35 am. The school day begins at 8:00 am and concludes at 3:30 pm for at total time of seven hours and 55 minutes. Total instructional time is six hours and 30 minutes.

School Year
The school year began on September 9 and will end on June 30 for a total of 190 days with five snow days that can be used.

Student:Teacher Ratio
13:1

Employees
The school employs a lead person, seven office staff/administrators, a school nurse, a Network Administrator,six humanities and technology teachers, seven teachers of the handicapped, a special education coordinator, a part-time child study team consisting of a psychologist, LDTC, and a case worker, a full time speech/language pathologist, two school counselors, 26 classroom teachers, 8 instructional assistants, two maintenance technicians, two security guards,and seven evening custodial staff.

Lead Person
The school's lead person is Mr. Brian Stiles. Telephone: 201-795-4400 x3425 Fax: 201-795-3308 Email: bstiles@goldendoorschool.org

Defining Attributes
The defining attributes of the school are its emphasis on early literacy and mathematics based on the latest researched-based techniques and strategies, specific behavior models (one for elementary and one for middle grades) and character education, technology, music, art, Spanish, physical education, and health.