Classical Academy Charter School


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    One of the first public charter schools in northern New Jersey and the very first charter school in Passaic County, the Classical Academy is now in its second decade of serving the Clifton New Jersey community and of exemplifying the charter school ideal of excellence and success.

National Blue Ribbon School

  • Classical Academy remains a National Blue Ribbon School and continues to grow and expand in pursuit of our main goal: to provide the students of Clifton with an enriched academic and growing experience. Classical Academy has made strides in keeping up with the evolutions and innovations of education today through encouraging the growth of technology in the classroom, special education services, and implementation of new and exciting programs.

Mission Statement

  • Classical Academy Charter School’s mission is to provide academic excellence for our diverse student body through traditional learning and modern-day initiatives to create a progressive learning environment.

Vision Statement

  • As a National Blue-Ribbon School, our vision is to prepare our students to excel in STEM and succeed in 21st century careers by solidifying a firm foundation through academically challenging educational programs.


  • Classical Academy was founded by Vincent and Magda DeRosa in September 1998 and began educating middle school students with an enrollment roster of 45 students. Instruction began in the basement of a Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, NJ. In 1999, the school transitioned to the historic Gourley estate and enrollment grew to a maximum of 120 students. From our humble beginnings, the students of Classical Academy consistently maintained excellent academic achievement through the school’s unique classically infused and highly academic curriculum. This merit was recognized in 2008 when Classical Academy was designated as a “National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence”.