Clifton Charter School Founder Publishes Book


Mr. Vincent DeRosa, founder and long-time Lead Person/Lead Teacher (1997-2016) of the Classical Academy Charter School of Clifton, has recently published a book about that Clifton educational institution: “The Little School That Could” (“The Remarkable Story of the Classical Academy Charter School of Clifton, New Jersey, 1997-2016”). One of the oldest public charter schools in New Jersey, and the first charter school in Passaic County, the Classical Academy in September, 2023, will mark its second quarter-century of educating Clifton middle-school students. Under his school leadership, the Classical Academy was recognized as one of the highest academically performing charter schools in New Jersey, earning in 2008, the “National Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence” award.

In his book, Mr. DeRosa, now retired, writes about the potent oppositional forces he faced in starting and operating a New Jersey public charter school. Overcoming those forces through fortitude and invincible determination, he details the sweeping education reforms in curricular, school-day learning time, establishing an “academics-first school culture,” among many other innovative reforms he designed and implemented to advance student scholastic learning for every student. His narrative memoir also chronicles the major events and developments of the Classical Academy during his nearly two-decade school leadership. The book is available from Amazon,, and Kindle.


press release via: Vincent DeRosa

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