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Today: 10/19/17


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



Orders for GoPA alternate uniforms will be taken from October 17-November 8. See Mrs. Gordon in the library.

Choices are: Fleece $33, V-Neck Sweater  $33, Scoop Neck Cardigan  $35, V-Neck Cardigan  $35.

     There is a $2 charge for sizes 2XL and above.

Orders are being submitted together. No late orders will be taken.

Important Dates


Students will be dismissed at 1:00 on October 27 because of a staff inservice.


School is closed November 9 and 10 for the NJEA Convention.


Staff and student surveys

School Uniforms

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

Polo shirts cost $ 15. Sweatshirts cost $ 20.

Students see Hamilton Performance

On Wednesday January 18 a group of 45 GoPA students and 4 teachers were able to attend a showing of Hamilton in New York City with all expenses paid. A front page article was in the Record on Thursday and expanded coverage, with a video, is on Northjersey.com.

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.

Principal's Message

Welcome to the School of Government, recognized as One of the Best High Schools in the US by US News and World Report magazine.  As the Educational leader of this school, it is my pleasure to serve the needs of the students of the City of Paterson.  I invite you to visit this website and to personally visit my school.  I look forward to maintaining the standards of excellence and I expect that the 2017- 2018 school year will be a great year for students, staff, families and the administration of the Paterson Public School District. 


In service,

Michael A "Mike" Ollo,  Interim Principal



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.


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.

Summer Reading Info


Home School Council

Home School Council meeting dates are on the PARENTS PAGE.

Graduation Rates

Recent graduation rates for the School of Government:

    2016 - 87.8 %

    2015 - 85.0 %

    2014 - 76.7 %

    2013 - 88 %

    2012 - 75 %

Handbook for students and parents

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