Hola Dual Language School tied for first in the state on PARCC scores in Language. The school is less than 7 years old. It receives the smallest amount of funding per pupil of all of the city's district schools. The school has children with IEPs and who qualify for free and reduced lunch, and speak spanish most of the time.
Originally planned for the public school district while I was Asst Superintendent, the concept of a dual language program was rejected by the Kids First Board of Eduction majority by a vote of 4-3. Now, the same Board majority is in litigation with Hola.
Some online forums have been discussing this data and have asked questions relative to the Hoboken School District. Comparisons of such sorts are difficult and not always clear or even productive. But, since it is a topic of discussion, I will offer some perspective. One should keep in mind before comparing the following that while it is easy and simplistic to say the two districts educate different children, this is simply not fully accurate. As one regular reader of this site explains:
"The demographic differences between Hola and the Hoboken School District at the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades are minimal, HoLa only receives about HALF the funding per pupil that the district gets and the district gets to keep the other half for their own uses. So, one could easily recognize this not as a demographic issue, but as a new school embedded in a district that is unwilling to make innovative improvements (recall, Hola was presented to the Board of Eduction and rejected)"