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Achievers Early College Prep - High School

Vision & Mission


Achievers Early College Prep Charter School (AECP) is New Jersey’s first public charter school for students in grades 6-12 that provides them with the unique opportunity to take a two-year course of study in STEM fields following the 10th grade, enabling them to redefine the high school experience and graduate with skills, experiences, and content mastery that’s significant to them in the market place and the world beyond.


AECP wants to make it possible for students in Trenton to earn, at no or low cost:

  1. A High school diploma
  2. Up to 60 transferable college credits
  3. An associate’s degree
  4. Workplace learning, credentials and internships

This alternative to a traditional middle and high school is founded on the belief that many underserved minority students are not prepared early enough for college and competitive STEM studies. They tend to lack the emotional and financial resources to apply to, enroll in, and complete degrees of study that will be professionally and financially rewarding in the long run. Achievers Early College Prep benefits from the leadership and experience of New York and New Jersey-based charter school operators, teachers, college professors, community leaders and early college school leaders.

Recent Student Graduates

Meet Our Team

High School Team

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Checki, M. Empowered Special Education Teacher
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Lee, R. Audio Engineering Teacher
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Stricker, G. Latin Teacher
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Strickland, D. Behavior Specialist
Sumner, S. Science Teacher
Hackett, O. Social Studies
Wynter, T. Math Teacher
Cox, J. PE/Health
Pezzina, K. English Teacher
Kelly, P. Geometry Teacher
Moore, O. Graphic Design

Leadership Team

Lewis, G. Dean of Students
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Strickland, D. Associate Dean
Richardson, S. Principal
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Wright, S. Director of Operations, Asst school business administrator

Support Roles

Hocker, M. Coordinator of Special Services
Solis, T. Guidance Counselor
Henderson, K. Paraprofessional
Jacob, G. Social Worker
Maffia, E. School Nurse
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Allen, T. Lunch Aide
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Ronquillo, B. Lunch Aide

AECP Network Team

Staff Picture - O. Osagie - CoDirector
Osagie, O. Co-Lead/Instruction
Staff Picture - E. Odeleye - CoDirector
Odeleye, E. Co-Lead/Operations
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Wright, S. Director of Operations
Christopher Benson CTE Coordinator

Office Support

Staff Picture - Maldonado, E.
Maldonado, E. Operations Manager/Data
Macario, M. Operations Assistant
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Berkely, C. IT Manager / Athletic Coordinator
Vasquez, A. IT Assistant



Middle schools and high schools need to innovate significantly to educate our kids for tomorrow’s industries.

In what's being hailed as the next Opportunity Gap, African-Americans and Latinos are trailing behind their White and Asian counterparts taking part in the science, technology and engineering education and careers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that, during the period 2010–2020, employment in S&E occupations will grow by 18.7%, compared to 14.3% for all occupations. The National Science Foundation projects that individuals employed in S&E occupations earn considerably more than the median earnings for all occupations. Median earnings for S&E occupations were $74,380 in 2009 and $78,270 in 2012. Median earnings for all occupations were $33,190 in 2009 and $34,750 in 2012.

Bottom-line: A STEAM career is a sure way to secure your economic future. If low-income African-American and Latino students do not get early exposure to STEAM sciences and careers, and have the chance to build their skills in these areas, these groups risk being shut out of the most promising gateway into the middle class and economic opportunity for years to come.

Computer Networking -

This career pathway gives you the opportunity to earn a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certificate. This credential can either be used to begin a career in IT, typically as a computer network technician OR serve as a foundation for a college level computer science education.

Cisco Networking Academy

Audio Engineering -

This career pathway introduces students to Music/Audio Production using Soundtrap for Education. Students will work their way to learning Avid Pro Tools application, with the option of earning certification through the Avid Learning Academy. Pro Tools software is used in most recording and broadcast studios. Our goal is for all scholars in our audio engineering career pathway to graduate high school with this certification.

avid audio engineering

Graphic Design -

Students in this career pathway will become an Adobe Photoshop Visual Design Certified Professional. In addition to becoming credential users of this program, students will also explore careers in the design industry as they learn how to design, create, and publish digital media.

graphic design

Health Science -

Coming Soon!

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Clubs, Sports and Passion Projects

Coming soon!

Sample Schedule

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Project-based Learning: Winter Fair and Performance Tasks

Coming soon!

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