Founded in 2010 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the Academy for Urban Leadership Charter School is one of Middlesex County's comprehensive Public Charter Schools that serves students in seventh through twelfth grades. The school operates under the terms of a charter granted by the New Jersey Department of Education.
When the school first opened in 2010, it did not have the books, tables, or classrooms necessary for students to be in an adequate learning environment. Even the principal, at the time, had to serve as a lunch aide. Since then, AUL has developed to help students receive the education they deserve. AUL has expanded by opening two new campuses, expecting to provide the opportunity for students to continue to succeed, with graduation and college admission, as two of its goals.
AUL offers an advanced academic track and AP courses.
To employ an educational design and experience that merges the highest standards of academic excellence while fostering convictions and commitment to social and economic justice.
Provide each student the resources necessary to excel to his/her maximum ability
Prepare students for success in post-secondary education
Prepare students with the skills for the workforce
Prepare students to be leaders in this community
Prepare students for their civic responsibilities and instill values of good citizenship
Student-teacher ratio (10:1)
Smaller class sizes (20:1)
More parental involvement
A new educational model
Creative approaches to learning and teaching
Research suggests that students perform better when knowledge is related to their organic life. As a result, AUL has designed its curriculum to focus on Four Academies which include Applied Science, Law/Public & Safety, Business & Technology and Human Development. Students are given an opportunity to explore interests and take courses related to their chosen field, proving students with an opportunity to utilize knowledge in their everyday life.
Community Service School
AUL has provided opportunities for students to give back to the community to offer support, services and enrichment in local nursing homes, elementary schools, neighborhood clean-ups, cancer walks, city events, and Boys and Girls Club events. Through these initiatives, AUL had been developed into a staple in the community in a very short time and continues to make community partnerships.
Athletics: Wrestling, Boys and Girls Basketball, Softball and Baseball
21st Century, Audio/Visual, Band/Chorus, Business, French, LINK Crew, Newspaper, National Honors Society, Student Government, Video Game, Yearbook, Math, Science, Technology, Model United Nations, Fashion Show, Spanish.