Stop Camden City School District from Closing Harry C Sharp Family School!

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What are we asking?

We are asking the Camden City School District State Appointed Superintendent Katrina McCombs to keep Harry C. Sharp Family School open as a pre-k to 8 public family school. Sharp has been a beacon of education and hope in the Cramer Hill section of Camden, NJ. Sharp opened its doors back in 1922 and has serviced the educational needs of generations of families' over the last 100 years. It is one of only two traditional public schools left in the Cramer Hill section that services Pre-K to 8, and students with disabilities such as; autism, specific learning disabilities, speech and language impairment, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other health-related diagnosed impairments.

Student Academic Achievement Statistics

  • In the Camden City School District, Sharp school is ranked in the top 5 for achieving proficiency in math.
  • In the Camden City School District, Sharp school is ranked in the top 5 for reading/language arts.

Current Issue

On November 10, 2020, during the Camden City School District’s long-term planning, the superintendent shared potential plans to close Sharp Family School in the Cramer Hill section of Camden. These plans which are listed on the district website outlined closing two public schools and removing middle school public education from Cramer Hill completely. There would be no public-school option for middle school,  limited seats for pre-k to 5, and no local public or charter school option for students with disabilities.

What are we asking you to do?

Sign our petition and spread the message throughout the City of Camden about supporting public family schools such as Sharp, who are equally important to ensuring “school choice” and “putting students first” in a city with such rich and diverse history.

We have 74,000 residents in Camden, and we need every one of you to place calls and emails to the following people:

1. Mayor Frank Moran: mayor@ci.camden.nj.us
2. Superintendent Katrina McCombs: 856-966-2000
3. Commissioner of Education: angelica.allen-mcmillan@doe.nj.gov
4. Department of Education: Helene.Leona@doe.nj.gov
5. President of NJEA: mblistan@njea.org
6. Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Murphy:deborah.cornavaca@nj.gov

Each of these elected or appointed officials represents the City of Camden, its children, and their families. We need their cooperative support in keeping our public schools open to continue servicing our diverse population of students. We need your help in making this happen!