New county high school planned for Jersey City

School focused on STEM to be built in SciTech Scity

Liberty Science High School will be a countywide school for roughly 400 students at SciTech Scity.
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Liberty Science High School will be a countywide school for roughly 400 students at SciTech Scity.

A new county high school will be coming to Jersey City as part of the Liberty Science Center’s SciTech Scity development, according to a recent announcement from the city.

Mayor Steven Fulop, the Liberty Science Center (LSC), and Hudson County officials announced the proposal and the agreement by the Hudson County Board of Education of the Hudson County Schools of Technology to create Liberty Science High School through a public-private partnership.

“We are revolutionizing what public education can accomplish, and this partnership with the county is a significant step toward our vision of creating an ecosystem of innovation to educate and inspire future entrepreneurs and scientists,” Fulop said.

“The students will also gain direct access to businesses onsite for unique internship opportunities to further cultivate their career paths. Overall, SciTech Scity will establish Jersey City as a worldwide destination for innovative forward-thinkers, bringing thousands of jobs and countless opportunities to our area.”

A focus on STEM

The school will be built next to the Liberty Science Center and will include skill-centric classes for students in grades 9-12.

The new public county magnet high school is set to provide 400 science-talented Hudson County high school students with a curriculum centered on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM.)

The school will leverage a work education program centered around the roughly 200 technology startup companies and entrepreneurs that will call SciTech Scity home.

According to the city, Jersey City will provide financial assistance for school operating costs. To date, LSC has raised $27 million in philanthropic donations for the SciTech Scity campus, including $5 million for the public high school.

President and CEO of the Liberty Science Center Paul Hoffman said LSC is excited to work with the county and city to create the high school, noting that students will have access to the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium as well as internships and mentorships with onsite startups.

“Hudson County is home to many of the most talented students in New Jersey, and it is critical we provide them with opportunities and resources to advance their future careers,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “The plans for our newest county public school reinforce our commitment to do just that, and as a former educator myself, I am immensely proud to be part of this process as plans begin to take shape.”

The Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) will oversee operations of the school, and HCST will consult with the Liberty Science Center on program development, curriculum, and hiring of staff.

“At the Hudson County Schools of Technology, our mission has always been to inspire creative and independent thinking through diverse learning opportunities,” said HCST Superintendent Amy Lin- Rodriguez. “Our vision for this campus mirrors our commitment to providing students with an actively engaging, Career and Technical Education learning experience. We look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to build an innovative school for Hudson County students.”

The Hudson County Improvement Authority will be the project developer to construct the school.

“The Hudson County Improvement Authority, as it has always done, is availing itself to the county and its partners in order to assist in the development and financial planning of a new high school in Jersey City,” said CEO of the Hudson County Improvement Authority Norman Guerra.

SciTech Scity

The planned 30-acre innovation campus that is SciTech Scity is set to be a revolutionary technological hub for students, innovators, entrepreneurs, and scientists working together to create a community for learning and innovation.

The idea of SciTech Scity began in 2015 when Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency awarded Liberty Science Center with the redevelopment rights to 12.5 acres of land adjacent to LSC and Liberty State Park.

The campus will include Edge Works that will provide nearly 100,000 square feet of research labs, private studios, open work spaces, and a conference center.

The Scholars Village will consist of residential housing for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, STEM graduate students, and their families.

A Public Commons will include a five-acre outdoor park, events plaza, and other facilities to drive STEM innovation and job creation.

LSC plans to break ground on SciTech Scity in 2021 and open the first phase, including an Edge Works incubator, in 2023.

Information about SciTech Scity can be found at SciTechScity.com.

Donations can be made at https://tinyurl.com/LSCSciTech or by contacting Christine Arnold Schroeder at cschroeder@lsc.org.

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