“The Academy for Urban Leadership Charter School has a history of providing a high-quality education to its students.” -David Hespe, Commissioner of NJ Department of Education, 2016.
Achievement, Unity, & Leadership
“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.”
The school acknowledges that both family and community involvement are integral to the student’s academic achievement level, and will focus on fostering strong relationships between the school, family and community. Through these partnerships, the school will strive to create a nurturing environment by providing each student with the five resources deemed necessary for healthy child development by the President’s Summit for America’s Future. These include: a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start, a marketable skill through effective education, and a chance to give back to peers and the community.
In order to provide a quality education, the curriculum offered will involve rigorous academics with a holistic approach to education. Special emphasis will be placed on service learning and espousing the importance of civic and social responsibility. The development of character, leadership skills, conflict resolution abilities, and community responsibility will be stressed to provide the students with the necessary tools to become contributing members of a democratic society.
The Academy for Urban Leadership Charter School is a public school that operates under a charter granted by the State Commissioner of Education on September 8, 2010.
As of September 2016, AUL will be serving 500 students in grades 8-12, one hundred students per grade. In September 2017, AUL will be serving an additional one hundred students in grade 7.
AUL is independent of the local school district and is managed by its own Board of Trustees. As a charter school, AUL receives public funding and is allowed to raise funds and receive private contributions.
AUL Core Values
To apply an educational approach that goes beyond the classroom, is experiential and service-based.
To be creative, student-centered, and to support a team-oriented teaching methodology.
To promote cross-cultural acceptance.
To employ a holistic approach to respond to students’ challenges.
To establish a collaborative spirit with parents, the community and all pertinent stakeholders.
Provide each student the resources necessary to excel to his or 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 their community.
Prepare students for their civic responsibilities.