Our Story


HoLa opened its doors in 2010 for Kindergarten through second grade.  HoLa grew organically, adding a grade per year, and in 2017 graduated its first 8th grade class.

HoLa continued its pioneering role in education in 2015, when it became the first charter school in New Jersey to implement a weighted lottery system in favor of low-income families.

In January 2018, HoLa expanded its weighted lottery to include English Language Learners (ELLs) and increase the weight for low-income applicants. Qualifying students  are now given triple the weight in the admissions lottery. With these changes, HoLa once again led the state in increasing educational equity for students through its enrollment practices.

Today, HoLa graduates are admitted to some of the best public, private, and magnet schools in Hudson county and the region. We are proud of the legacy HoLa is building for our community and our students.


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