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Today: 8/18/18


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


On behalf of our teachers and administrators, welcome to The School of Government and Public Administration (GOPA)! My name is Miguel Sosa and I am the principal of GOPA (a fellow Patersonian) raised and still living in this great historical city.


At our school, we believe when given the proper nourishment, motivation, and the adequate resources to learn, all our students can academically succeed and become leaders in their own rights. We are a diversified school that embraces and respects all cultures with their individual heritage. Students’ self-esteem must begin by knowing and embracing their roots.


For this reason, the staff and administration tirelessly believe in building bridges and inspiring students to have the confidence in themselves to succeed in all facets of body, spirit, and mind. We believe our students can reach their true potential through hard work and determination regardless of their personal circumstances.


The School of Government and Public Administration understands that it takes a village to raise a child. We have an open-door policy towards the community and the parents that are committed to becoming partners (bridge builders) towards our students’ success.


As the new principal of GOPA, I look forward to leading this school with these uncompromised values and working with all stakeholders to drive academic excellence. May God bless you all and 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