Charter school moves into digs near 15th Street

Elysian’s new space boasts new gym, modern classrooms

A flock of K-8 students were in high spirits as the Elysian Charter School opened the doors to its new location – an upgrade from their former home – during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 9.
“Is this not absolutely amazing?” director of Elysian Charter School, Harry Laub asked a crowd of students, parents, and teachers who responded with applause. “I am so excited that Elysian has come to this point. It is truly a dream come true.”
The charter school, which was previously split between two other buildings (the Rue Building and the Demarest School) is now located on two new floors of a mixed-use luxury development at 1460 Garden St.
In addition to a new gymnasium for students and break room for teachers, the new school is equipped with air conditioning, more restrooms, white boards in every room, modern technology, and a cozy music room.
The new location was ready a day before school was set to begin for students Thursday, Sept. 10.
“I can’t believe the timing came together so perfectly. That’s the thing that blew me away,” Laub said during a tour of the new space.
The Elysian Charter School is one of three charter schools in Hoboken. It was founded in the 1990s after New Jersey law allowed educators and parents to apply for charters to open their own school. Charter schools get public funding but can also fundraise.

Stunning views

The new facility, which has 16 students per class and two classes per grade, also boasts stunning views and modern classrooms individually equipped for subjects such as a music room with sound proof walls and art room with hand-painted stools.
“I just wanted to be here to be a part of this and say huge congratulations to all of the parents, past and present, who helped to make this happen,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer during the ceremony. Her two sons Jacob and Alex attended the charter school in the past. “It is truly wonderful to be here with all of you and to see that Elysian has a permanent home.”

“I can’t believe the timing came together so perfectly…” – Harry Laub
Elysian Charter School Chair of the Board of Trustees Eduardo Gonzalez said the school’s “new home is a symbol of what can happen when educators, parents, businesses and community-minded people work together as one community.”
Also in attendance at the ceremony were Board of education superintendent Christine Johnson, Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia, District 5 Freeholder Anthony Romano, 1st Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano, 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason, 6th Ward Councilwoman Jen Giattino, and Councilman-at-Large Dave Mello.

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