A new world-class, science-focused public high school known as Liberty Science Center High School will soon begin construction within SciTech Scity in Jersey City. Developed under a public-private partnership between the City of Jersey City, County of Hudson, Hudson County Schools of Technology, and Liberty Science Center, the parties will share financial cost alongside philanthropic donors. The school will be built adjacent to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City and offer science, technology, engineering, and math classes for 400 students in grades 9-12. Students will have access to a work education program with over 200 technology startup companies that will also be a part of SciTech Scity.
“Partnering with the county, we’re creating an unparalleled opportunity for hundreds of students each year by disrupting the status quo and acting as a catalyst to promote future scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs in a one-of-a-kind setting that will become a sought-after destination for inspiration and innovation,” said Mayor Fulop. “Liberty Science Center High School will be a key asset interwoven into all SciTech Scity and will offer with internships, innovators, entrepreneurs, and scientists coming together to create a hub for learning and creation.”
The planned 30-acre innovation campus will be a technological hub for students, innovators, entrepreneurs, and scientists, fostering both learning and innovation. The City of Jersey City donated 12.5 acres to SciTech Scity and will provide $2 million annually in financial assistance for school operating costs. Liberty Science Center will contribute nearly $3.5 million for the construction of the project and philanthropic donations total another $30 million for the innovation campus.
Liberty Science Center plans to break ground on SciTech Scity this year and open the first phase, which includes the seven-story Edge Works incubator, in 2023. Edge Works will feature 100,000 square feet of research labs, studio space, open workspaces, and a conference center. The first phase will also include Scholars Village, two 12-story buildings with permanent residences for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, and their families in a mix of studios and one- and two-bedroom units.
No details have been released as to when Liberty Science Center High School will be complete. Construction commencement is pending on approvals by both the Hudson County Commissioner Board and Jersey City Council.