School Choice Is Helping Camden Students Attend College

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

Camden’s Charter School Network’s Camden Academy Charter High School. Photo credit: CCSN

CAMDEN, N.J. — School Choice Week draws attention to the importance of each family being able to choose the school that will best fit their child’s needs. Camden’s Charter School Network (CCSN) provides opportunity for choice with high quality, free public PreK-12 education. With the launch of their new We Go To College (Now)! Program, CCSN is also providing post-secondary education at no cost to families.

Camden Academy Charter High School students currently in the Camden County College Now program.

The We Go To College (Now)! Program is being introduced to current 8th graders and will prepare students to enter the Camden County College Now Campus Course Program in their junior and senior years.

For students in the program, all courses in their junior and senior years will count for high school and college credit. They will graduate high school with a high school diploma from Camden Academy and an Associate’s degree from Camden County College.

Joscar Defrank, an 11th-grade student at the academy, sees several advantages of the program.

“What I like most about taking college courses is that I’m working at my own pace for the most part, and I don’t feel rushed,” Defrank said. “When I first heard about the program, I was interested because it was kind of a head start in life.”

Academy 11th-grader Giamani Nieves-Camacho sees participating in the College Now Campus Course Program as a significant opportunity.

“Being able to complete two years of college before officially completing high school is a really big advantage that I could not pass up,” Nieves-Camacho said. “Both of my parents agree that it’s a great opportunity for any student.”

CCSN’s motto, “We are Charter. We go to College. We change the World,” is their whole purpose. It is about empowering students to make a difference in our community and our world. Families in Camden have lots of choices when it comes to school options and understand that where their child attends school matters. Now is the time for families to research and apply to their schools of choice for the 2021-2022 school year.

Camden’s Charter School Network educates students in PreK-12th grade and consists of four schools: Camden’s Pride Elementary, Katz-Dalsey Elementary, Camden’s Promise Middle School and Camden Academy High School. To learn more about CCSN and choose our schools for the 2021-2022 school year, visit and apply for enrollment by February 17, 2021.

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