Newark Public Schools
|Newark Public Schools|
|Business Administrator:||Valerie Wilson|
|Address:||2 Cedar Street
Newark, NJ 07102
|Enrollment:||39,443 (as of 2009-10)|
|Faculty (in FTEs):||2,685|
|District Factor Group:||A|
| %± vs.
|10||Operations & Maintenance||2,722||103||1,674||62.6%|
|16||Median Teacher Salary||66,200||85||57,597|
|Data from NJDoE 2009 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.
*Of K-12 districts with 3,501+ students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=105
Newark Public Schools is a comprehensive community public school district that serves the entire city of Newark, New Jersey. The district is one of 31 Abbott districts statewide, which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.
The total school enrollment in Newark city was 75,000 in 2003. Preprimary school enrollment was 12,000 and elementary or high school enrollment was 46,000 children. College enrollment was 16,000.
As of 2003, 64 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 11 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. Among people 16 to 19 years old, 10 percent were dropouts; they were not enrolled in school and had not graduated from high school.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "A", the lowest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.
The district is one of three districts in New Jersey (along with Jersey City Public Schools and Paterson Public Schools) under "state intervention", which authorizes the state Commissioner of Education to intervene in governance of a local public school district (and to intervene in the areas of instruction and program, operations, personnel, and fiscal management).
- 1 Performance
- 2 Awards, recognition and rankings
- 3 Schools
- 3.1 Primary schools
- 3.2 Middle schools
- 3.3 Secondary schools
- 3.4 Ungraded
- 4 Administration
- 5 School uniforms
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Newark Public Schools is the largest school system in New Jersey. The city's public schools are among the lowest-performing in the state, even after the state government took over management of the city's schools in 1995, which was done under the presumption that improvement would follow.
Although the school district continues to struggle with low high school graduation rates and low standardized test scores, the mayor of Newark, Cory Booker, insists, "Newark, New Jersey can become one of the first American cities to solve the crisis in public education." This vision for better school district is also shared by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who made a $100 million donation to Newark Public Schools in 2010. "Every child deserves a good education. Right now that's not happening," he says. The management has been criticized: while interviews with administration regarding Newark's schools were always positive, highlighting, of course, only the good aspects of the huge monetary donation, new contracts were being created, money was being hemorrhaged, and the district was going broke. According to The New Yorker, Anderson, Booker, Zuckerberg, and Christie, "despite millions of dollars spent on community engagement—have yet to hold tough, open conversations with the people of Newark about exactly how much money the district has, where it is going, and what students aren’t getting as a result."
Excellence, Efficiency, and Equity are the three goals set by the Newark Public Schools system in hopes to improve the academic situation in the city. These goals are listed and described on The Newark Public Schools District website as follows:
- Excellence – All students deserve a school that gets them on a path to college or a great career.
- Efficiency – Every possible dollar should be invested in staff and programs that will make a positive difference for our students.
- Equity – Every student should have access to an excellent school no matter what.
Awards, recognition and rankings
Ann Street School of Mathematics and Science was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, during the 1998-99 school year.
During the 2009-10 school year, Science Park High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence.
For the 2005-06 school year, the district was recognized with the "Best Practices Award" by the New Jersey Department of Education for its "A Park Study: Learning About the World Around Us" Science program at Abington Avenue School. The curriculum was written, implemented, and submitted to the State of New Jersey by Abington Avenue School kindergarten teacher, Lenore Furman.
- Clinton Avenue Early Childhood Center (Converted from Elementary School as a result of district flat funding by Governor Jon Corzine)
Pre-K - K
Pre-K - 4th grade
- Branch Brook School
- Camden Street Elementary School
- Elliott Street Elementary School
- Roberto Clemente School
Pre-K - 5th grade
Pre-K - 6th grade
Pre-K - 7th grade
Pre-K - 8th grade
- Abington Avenue School
- Ann Street School
- Burnet Street School
- Cleveland School of Publishing and Technology
- Dayton Street School
- Eighteenth Avenue School
- First Avenue School
- George Washington Carver School
- Hawkins Street School
- Lafayette School
- Louise A. Spencer School
- McKinley Elementary School
- Miller Street School
- Mount Vernon School
- Newton Street School
- Oliver Street School
- Peshine Avenue School
- Quitman Street Community School
- Rafael Hernandez School
- Sussex Avenue School
- Thirteenth Avenue School
- Wilson Avenue School
K - 2nd grade
K - 4th grade
- Belmont Runyon Elementary School
- Broadway Elementary School
- Fourteenth Avenue School
- Franklin School
- Roseville Avenue School
- Speedway Avenue School
K - 5th grade
K - 7th grade
K - 8th grade
- Avon Avenue School
- Bragaw Avenue School
- Dr. E. Alma Flagg School
- Dr. William H. Horton School
- Fifteenth Avenue School
- Hawthorne Avenue School
- Maple Avenue School
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School of Journalism and Publishing
- Ridge Street School
- South Seventeenth Street School
1st - 7th grade
3rd - 8th grades
5th - 8th grades
6th - 8th grades
6th - 12th grades
7th - 12th grades
High schools (9th - 12th grades)
- Academy of Vocational Careers 
- Newark Arts High School
- American History High School
- Barringer High School
- Central High School
- Malcolm X Shabazz High School
- East Side High School
- Newark Vocational High School 
- Technology High School
- Weequahic High School
- West Side High School
- Bruce Street School for the Deaf
- Samuel L. Berliner School of Personal Growth and Academic Development
- John F. Kennedy School
- New Jersey Regional Day School
Core members of the district's administration are:
- Cami Anderson, State District Superintendent of Schools
- Valerie Wilson, School Business Administrator
The district is one of three districts in New Jersey under "state intervention", which authorizes the Commissioner of Education to intervene in governance of a local public school district (and to intervene in the areas of instruction and program, operations, personnel, and fiscal management) if the Commissioner has determined that a school district failed or was unable to take corrective actions necessary to establish a thorough and efficient system of education.
Beginning in the 2008-2009 school year, students in elementary and middle school are required to wear school uniforms. Beginning in September 2010 high school students will be required to wear uniforms.
- District information for the Newark School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 15, 2012.
- Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
- Abbott Districts, New Jersey Department of Education, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 15, 2009. Accessed August 15, 2012.
- What are SDA Districts?, New Jersey Schools Development Authority. Accessed August 15, 2012. "SDA Districts are 31 special-needs school districts throughout New Jersey. They were formerly known as Abbott Districts, based on the Abbott v. Burke case in which the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the State must provide 100 percent funding for all school renovation and construction projects in special-needs school districts.... The districts were renamed after the elimination of the Abbott designation through passage of the state’s new School Funding Formula in January 2008."
- SDA Districts, New Jersey Schools Development Authority. Accessed August 15, 2012.
- US Census
- NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 27, 2009.
- Governance and Urban School Improvement: Lessons for New Jersey From Nine Cities. Institute on Education Law and Policy, Rutgers–Newark. October 2010. pp. 65–68.
- Booker, Cory (September 25, 2010). "A Historic Opportunity". Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- Sahba, Amy (September 24, 2010). "Facebook founder announces $100 million donation". Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- Russakoff, Dale (19 May 2014). "Schooled: Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools; They got an education". The New Yorker.
- "Was Zuckerberg's $100M school gift a waste?". MSN Money. 14 May 2014.
- "Newark Public Schools: A Vision for our Students, our Schools, our Success". Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), accessed May 11, 2006.
- U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 2003 through 2005 (PDF), accessed June 5, 2006.
- Addison, Kasi; and Juri, Carmen. "Three Essex schools capture blue ribbon", The Star-Ledger, October 7, 2007. Accessed October 14, 2007. "Principals in three Essex County schools found out last week their buildings joined an exclusive club of exemplary schools when the U.S. Department of Education named the nation's latest batch of No Child Left Behind -- Blue Ribbon Schools.... The three Essex County schools are Oakview School in Bloomfield, Millburn High School and Harriet Tubman School in Newark."
- No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools Program: 2007 Schools, United States Department of Education. Accessed October 15, 2007.
- 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools: All Public and Private Schools, United States Department of Education. Accessed October 29, 2009.
- New Jersey Department of Education Best Practices Award recipient for 2005-06, accessed October 23, 2006
- Jacobs, Andrew. "Criticized Poet Is Named Laureate of Newark Schools", The New York Times, December 19, 2002. Accessed September 19, 2008. "A longtime Newark resident who was pivotal in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, Mr. Baraka has ignored calls from Gov. James E. McGreevey and others that he resign the post, which pays a stipend of $10,000."
- Essex County School Directory, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 5, 2009.
- Home page, Newark Public Schools. Accessed August 4, 2008.
- Central Office Directory, Newark Public Schools. Accessed August 4, 2008.
- "Facts for Parents about School Uniforms." Newark Public Schools. Retrieved on March 2, 2010.
- "Dear Parents of High School Students:" Newark Public Schools. June 22, 2009. Retrieved on March 2, 2010.
- Newark Public Schools
- Newark Public Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Newark Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics