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HARP School Building at 5 Colt St.


HARP Academy of Health Science is a four-year public high school in Paterson, New Jersey, within the Paterson Public Schools district.

The city of Paterson is the largest city in Passaic County, New Jersey. The estimated population is 148,678. Statistics from 2010 reflect a diverse population that is 34.7% White, 31.7% Black or African American, 23.9% from other races, with 57.6% reporting as Hispanic or Latino. Paterson has rapidly growing Bangladeshi American, Turkish American, Arab American, Palestinian American, Albanian American, Bosnian American, Dominican American, and Peruvian American communities that contribute to the diversity and global awareness inside of Paterson classrooms.   

HARP Academy serves approximately 280 students in grades 9-12. The HARP portion of the school’s name is an acronym for Health and Related Professions, a former school name which has been officially changed to Academy of Health Science. The acronym though has staying power and is still used to refer to a school whose focus is to train students interested in health professions.

HARP Academy has been recognized as one of the top performing high schools in New Jersey. It is the only Paterson Public School to hold this distinction. The school offers a rigorous academic program that includes Advanced Placement courses, Rutgers University and Berkeley College Dual Enrollment Courses. Juniors and Seniors are guided into pathways that give them experience and credit in programs such as Dental Assisting, Patient Care Assisting, and Clinical Research. Graduates of HARP Academy are currently working as physicians, registered nurses, and other health care professionals. HARP students are also involved in numerous service projects that benefit the local community.

HARP’s school color is royal blue. Our school slogan is “Moving Dreams to Reality”.