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Today: 6/24/18


The School of Government and Public Administration at Eastside High School, in partnership with all stakeholders, instills in its students core values for academic excellence, leadership and responsible citizenship.

Vision Statement

GOPA aims to create a community of learners through working collaboratively in a safe and challenging learning environment that encourages dignity, involvement, independence and responsibility through high expectations and cooperation resulting in life long learning and personal growth.

ABR Report Card

GOPA ABR Grade is 70 out of 78 points

District ABR Grade is 64 out of 78 points

GOPA Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Ms. Verraina Freeman

Office:  Room 29
email:   vfreeman@paterson.k12.nj.us
Tel:      (973) 321-1000 ext. 51125
Fax:     (973) 321-0527

New Jersey School Report Card

School Uniforms

School uniforms are needed for class. They are being sold in the Library Media Center.

Polo shirts cost $ 15. Sweatshirts cost $ 20.

GoPA earns national recognition

U S News and World Report has recognized GoPA as one of America's Best High Schools in 2016. Follow this link to read more.

Staff and student surveys

Upcoming Events

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Principal's Message

Welcome to the School of Government and Public Administration, recognized as One of the Best High Schools in the US by US News and World Report magazine.    It is our honor and duty to serve the needs of the students of the City of Paterson.   We at the School of Government wish that everyone and every family enjoys the health and happiness that community and family bring.  We also wish enjoyment in whatever form of cultural or religious manner that your family celebrates.  We respect the values of the many cultures that thrive in our school and city.   We celebrate Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month a fervent passion that respects and honors our heritage and cultures.   We invite you to visit this school website and to personally visit our school by appointment or invitation.   We look forward to maintaining the standards of excellence established by Dr. Karen Johnson and her administrative team and teaching staff and we expect that the 2018-19 school year will be a highly successful year for students, staff, families and the entire community of the Paterson Public School District.   We endeavor to educate and learn in a nurturing and direct manner and we plan to live up to the ideals of the Grandmasters of our educational foundation.   May God bless every member of our school and the residents of the City of Paterson and may we all continue to learn to live for the betterment of others. 

In service, 

The Administrative Team of the School of Government and Public Administration 



All students are required to have a minimum of 125 credits to earn a diploma.

4 years of English (20 credits), 4 Years of Physical Education (3.75 credits/year) and Health (1.25 credits/year)

3 years of Mathematics (15 credits) -The credits are to include Algebra I and Geometry, and a third year of math that builds on the concepts and  skills of Algebra and Geometry and prepares students for college and 21st century careers.

3 years of Science (15 credits) to include Biology The credits are to include Lab Biology, Lab Chemistry and/or Physics and/or Environmental  Science; plus a third laboratory/inquiry-based science.

3 years of Social Studies (15 credits) The credits are to include World Cultures, US History I, and US History II.

2 years of World Language (10 credits), 1 year of Visual or Performing Arts (5 credits), 1 year of 21st Century Life and Careers/Practical Arts (5  credits) and 1 semester of Financial Literacy (2.5 credits)

In addition students must meet the threshold scores for PARCC or any of the other substitute assessments.

District and School Goals



Library Media Center

Use the new Library Website .

Use Library Link to go to our page on this site for some basic links. It will serve as our backup site.


Home School Council

Home School Council meeting dates are on the PARENTS PAGE.

Students of the month


Chasaty Diaz

John-Carlos Rodriguez

Student of the Month page


Graduation Rates

Recent graduation rates for the School of Government:

    2017 - 85.4%

    2016 - 87.8 %

    2015 - 85.0 %

    2014 - 76.7 %

    2013 - 88 %

    2012 - 75 %

Handbook for students and parents

Student Government helps Puerto Rico

On Sunday, October 8th, Eastside Campus’ Student Government Association (SGA) and other clubs moved thousands of pounds of food and household supplies and packed them onto trucks to be delivered to the victims of Hurricane Maria to relieve suffering inflicted on Puerto Rico. As a state-wide initiative, this Passaic County effort was led by City Council Vice President Luis Velez and the organization, Puerto Rico United. At Eastside Campus, Toni Jackson, advisor for the School of Government and Public Administration SGA, enlisted the help of the Student Government Association, the National Honor Society, the ASPIRA Club and the JROTC. Students from the clubs volunteered for, and put in a full day’s work! Materials were donated from many sources, including churches, businesses and individuals.

Summer Reading Info