School Transformation Information

Learn more about the new school options available for your child next year!

Every Camden student deserves an excellent education, in a safe and modern school near their house. That is why Camden City School District is partnering with non-profit organizations to transform five of our most struggling schools into renaissance schools. Each partner was carefully selected for their proven history of running successful schools, and will give Camden families more choices to access a safe, high-performing neighborhood public school.

2015-16 School Transformations at a Glance

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect for my child this fall?
All students attending one of the five transformation schools have the choice to continue their education in their current school building, under new leadership, or attend school in a brand-new facility. The new schools will serve all students, including special education students and English language learners.
Why are you transforming these schools?
While the District is making progress, in our most struggling schools, not enough students are receiving the education they deserve, and the school buildings are in desperate need of repair. Renaissance school partners have funding to renovate our schools, and have a proven history of running successful schools where students graduate ready to succeed in college or life.
What does this mean for the other schools in the District?
The majority of District schools (20 of 26) will continue their intensive improvement plans, as outlined in the Camden Commitment. This includes investing in new technology, intensive support for principals, and weekly 1-on-1 coaching for all teachers.

Can I attend another District school instead?Yes. School transformation gives students and families more options to choose the right public school for them. If you would like your child to attend a District school next year, please contact the Family Information Center and a District staff member will help your child enroll in their new school.

Will these schools serve students with special needs or English language learners?
Yes. Renaissance schools are neighborhood public schools. Like District public schools, every student is welcome, regardless of need.
Someone from the District stopped by my house to talk to me. Why?
A street team of District staff will go door-to-door, visiting more than 1,000 families whose children will have the choice to attend a new, high-quality neighborhood school next year. If you missed our visit, we are happy to stop by again. Just call the Family Information Center hotline below to schedule an appointment.
How was this decision made?
The School District made this decision with one goal in mind – to give every child in Camden access to an excellent neighborhood public school. We heard from hundreds of students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and community members that there is an urgent need to improve learning and school buildings in the District. As a result, we forged the new partnership to ensure all students have a guaranteed seat at a brand-new, or significantly reconstructed, building.
Will these schools serve students with special needs or English language learners?
Yes. Renaissance schools are neighborhood public schools. Like District public schools, every student is welcome, regardless of need.
My child is in pre-K. How will school transformation affect him?
Your pre-K student will continue to attend a high quality pre-school program.
  • This fall three of McGraw’s pre-K classes will remain at McGraw in a co-location with Mastery. One McGraw pre-k class will transfer to the Bonsall Annex; 
  • Three pre-K classrooms will remain at Molina in a co-location with Mastery. One Molina pre-K class will transfer to Bonsall Annex;
  • Bonsall Annex will house five pre-K classes (3 original Bonsall classrooms, 1 McGraw classroom, and 1 Molina classroom);
  • Whittier's pre-K classes will move to Wiggins; meaning Wiggins will offer six pre-K classes this fall; and
  • All pre-K classes will still be run by the District's Office of Early Childhood.

Families with questions about their child’s pre-K placement for this fall may contact Dr. Cheryl Chavis or Lisa Braxton at (856) 966-2000 ext. 38321. For those with additional questions or concerns, please contact Katrina McCombs, Director of Early Childhood Education at

Where can I go to learn more?
Family Information Center
Administration Building
201 N. Front Street, Camden NJ
Office Hours: 8:30 – 4:30 M-F
Enrollment Team: 856-966-2000, ext. 38731
You can also access this information about the list of the 10 most-struggling schools, which the District released during the community meetings that informed the school transformation decisions.
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