Award Year: 2018

School 28

200 Presidential Boulevard
Paterson, NJ, 07522-1733

(973) 321-0280

Mrs. Nancy Castro, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Paterson City

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The mission of Public School Twenty-Eight is to provide an optimal learning environment, which results in our students achieving excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 32%
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 53%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 100%
All In- Together We Can!

All In- Together We Can!

At first glance, School No. 28 and the Paterson Academy for the Gifted & Talented's (PAGT) hallways may sound quiet—but step into a classroom and you may wonder why students are standing, sitting, or simply in motion, all while engaged in deep, intellectual dialect. This is simply because of the experiences offered at School No. 28 and PAGT, a Paterson Public School District elementary PK-8 school located Paterson, NJ.

Our diverse urban community creates the foundation of our distinct program, which provides learning opportunities to prepare and nurture all students for success. Beginning with our preK program and moving through Grade 2, students are introduced to choice opportunities, increasing student motivation and building community. The Special Needs Program at School No. 28 provides access to students who require special services, and is inclusive of students with cognitive impairment and mild to severe language and/or learning disabilities. Additionally, the Gifted & Talented Program remains a program of high academic rigor and expectations, which is comprised of students throughout the city in grades 2-8 who have been screened and identified, and who demonstrate the need for a rigorous curriculum and environment that meets their unique social, emotional, and academic needs. Curriculum in grades 4-8 is compacted and accelerated to meet individual student needs, and a variety of clubs are held during the day to enhance the regular academic program. With the strong support of families and the community, each of the aforementioned academic programs represents our district’s motto, "Together We Can."