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The Ethical Community Charter School is a safe and caring community where ethics, service, and social justice are the principles that inform every aspect of school life; our following programs support students as they explore and develop their own ethical beliefs and actions.


TECCS has also created a character support program called C.A.R.E.S: Contribute to the community, act assertively, respect yourself and others, exhibit self-control, and show compassion. This program supports the core ethics component of a TECCS education. C.A.R.E.S. empowers the learner to identify social and/or academic misjudgments and provides them with resources to rectify those social and/or academic acts.


Both the Conflict Resolution and Bully Busting programs were created and published by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and are part of the ethics curriculum at TECCS. Both programs emphasize “I” Messages and “Win/Win” Guidelines to create Positive Outcomes rather than Negative Consequences. For more information on these programs, see

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The mission of the student government, in the words of the students, is to “solve problems, be role models, and make the school better.” TECCS’ school-wide student government consists of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Chief Activities Officer, Chief Ethics Officer, and Head Representative. In addition, two delegates serve as representatives of the school-wide student government. One delegate serves kindergarten through third grade, and the other delegate serves fourth and fifth grade; they attend meetings once a month.


Students in every grade go on at least two field trips per year. We are able to take advantage of the wealth of local resources in the region. Students travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Opera, Ellis Island, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, theater productions, historical villages, Sandy Hook Beach, Philadelphia, and county zoos, among other trips.

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Stay tuned for longer interviews with our recent graduates on how they are taking their experiences at TECCS with them into their new schools.

"Before I came here, I didn’t know what ethics meant. Now I know how it impacts the world and can change it. Now I am doing more community service to help others”

TECCS 8th grader