Newark Academy

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Newark Academy
Newark Academy.JPG
91 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
United States
Type Independent Coeducational
Motto Ad lumen
(Toward Enlightenment)
Established 1774
Founder Alexander Macwhorter
Principal Tom Ashburn (Middle School)
Dr. Richard DiBianca (Upper School)
Head of school Donald Austin[1]
Faculty 67.8[2]
Grades 612
Enrollment 583 (as of 2013-14)[2]
Average class size 13[3]
Student to teacher ratio 8.6:1[2]
Campus 68 acres (280,000 m2)
Color(s)      Red and
Athletics 23 sports[5]
Athletics conference Super Essex Conference[4]
Team name Minuteman
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[6]
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools[7]
Average SAT scores 2070[8]
Average ACT scores 32[9]
Publication Prisms (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Minuteman[4]
Yearbook Polymnian

Newark Academy is a coeducational private day school located in Livingston, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in sixth through twelfth grades. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[6]

Newark Academy is one of several pre-Revolutionary War schools still operating in the United States and is considered the seventh-oldest private school in the country and the second-oldest day school in the state of New Jersey (behind Rutgers Preparatory School).[10] The Academy was founded in 1774 by Alexander MacWhorter, a leading cleric and advisor to George Washington, and was located on Market Street in Downtown Newark. Temporarily closed after being burned by the British during the Revolutionary War, the school reopened in new quarters in 1792. In 1802, the Academy opened a separate division for girls, but the innovative program was closed in 1859. After 1929, it moved to First Street in the Roseville section of Newark. Finally, in 1964, the Academy moved from Newark to its current location, a 68-acre (280,000 m2) campus in Livingston, and became fully co-educational in 1971.[10]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 583 students and 67.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.6:1.[2]

According to the 2012 High School Challenge in The Washington Post, Newark Academy ranked 6th nationwide, and 1st in New Jersey.[11]

Mission and motto[edit]

The school's mission statement is as follows:
Newark Academy will contribute to the world engaged individuals instilled with a passion for learning, a standard of excellence, and a generosity of spirit. The school's motto is Ad lumen ("toward the light").


Newark Academy is located on a 68-acre (280,000 m2) campus in northern New Jersey.

The Hawkes Memorial Library, opened in 1974, houses a 23,000-volume collection, as well as a vast periodical and microfilm collection.

The Elizabeth B. McGraw Arts Center, which opened in 1992, contains three studio art classrooms (ceramics, drawing, and painting), a darkroom, a band/orchestra room, choral room, dance studio, a "black box" theater and an art gallery.

The Morris Interactive Learning Center, opened in 1995, houses 18 iMac computers, a multimedia system (interactive whiteboard and projector, Blu-ray DVD system), and scanners and printers for student and faculty use.

The Geochron (Geochron Global Time Indicator), which was purchased in 2004, is located in the main entrance hall, and shows at any given moment where it is light and dark in the world.

The William E. and Carol G. Simon Family Field House, which opened in 2001. This 57,000-square-foot (5,300 m2) athletic center houses a gymnasium with three basketball courts, a six-lane pool with spectator area, a four-lane track and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Wrestling and fencing gyms are located in the main building.

The most recent addition to the campus is the Upper School Academic Center which encompasses 18,500-square feet of new construction and 2,500-square feet of renovated space and includes 13 classrooms, two science labs, a multi-purpose area, several small-group collaborative learning spaces and a commons area.

Newark Academy's outdoor facilities include courtyards with seating areas, two baseball diamonds, a softball field, an all-weather track, a field hockey area, two lacrosse and soccer fields, two football fields, one basketball half court, a cross country course and 10 tennis courts.

Newark Academy's campus is bordered by woods along the Passaic River. In September 2002, the school marked the opening of The Carol J. Heaney Nature Trail, a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) system of hiking trails and outdoor classrooms.

The school has embarked on initiatives to minimizing its impact on the environment. Current initiatives include increased recycling efforts, the introduction of energy-efficient lighting, exploration of renewable energy options, Passaic River clean-up and maintenance of a campus vegetable garden.

Faculty and administration[edit]

Newark Academy's faculty has an average of 17.5 years teaching experience, and 85 percent of the 78 teachers and administrators have advanced degrees; nine have earned doctorate degrees.[12] All faculty members are experts in their fields. Teachers are available to meet regularly with their students, and the students thrive in this environment where collaboration is not only allowed for, but encouraged.

In 2007, Donald M. Austin was appointed as the 49th Head of School for Newark Academy. He previously served as resident director for School Year Abroad in Rennes, France. He earned an undergraduate degree in English and French from Georgetown University, and a master’s of philosophy in French studies from New York University.

Austin's team of administrators includes Richard DiBianca, Ph.D., upper school principal; Tom Ashburn, middle school principal; Pegeen Galvin, dean of students; and Frederick Von Rollenhagen, dean of faculty.

Most notable among the staff at Newark Academy is Blackwood Parlin. Mr. Parlin instructed at Newark Academy for over 50 years and currently serves as the school's archivist.

Student body[edit]

As of the 2015–16 school year, Newark Academy had students from 81 communities in grades 6–12. There were 417 students in the upper school and 176 students in middle school. Ethnic minority students comprise 45% of the student population. International students hail from India, Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.[13]

Class of 2016[edit]

The 2016 graduating class included 101 students, including 32 National Merit Commended Scholars and 6 Semi-Finalists, 3 Hispanic Scholars and 39 graduates who earned IB Diplomas.[3]

Advanced curricula[edit]

Newark Academy is the only independent school in New Jersey that offers both the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate Diploma (I.B.) programs.[14][15]

Advanced Placement[edit]

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) offers high school students the opportunity to do college-level work. Successful achievement on the culminating exams may result in credit or advanced placement upon matriculation to college.[16] Newark Academy offers coursework leading to 21 AP exams in all five academic disciplines.

International Baccalaureate[edit]

In 1991, Newark Academy became the first school in New Jersey to grant the International Baccalaureate diploma.[17] The I.B. diploma is awarded following successful completion of a rigorous two-year curriculum. There are 74 members of the Class of 2017 and Class of 2018 who were pursuing the full I.B. diploma, and approximately 95% of the Class of 2017 is enrolled in at least one I.B. course.


The Newark Academy Minutemen[4] compete in the Super Essex Conference, which includes public and private high schools in Essex County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[18] Prior to the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had previously participated in the Colonial Hills Conference which included public and parochial high schools covering Essex County, Morris County and Somerset County in west Central Jersey.[19]

Newark Academy offers a total of 23 sports programs over the course of the school year.

Middle School students are required to participate in at least one sport each season, although interscholastic competition is not compulsory. Newark Academy's Men's and Women's Tennis programs, coached by William "Arky" Crook, The Star-Ledger Coach of the Decade for the 1990s, have enjoyed success at the state level for years.

Students in the Upper School are not required to play a sport but approximately 86% choose to do so.


Currently, Newark Academy has four publications: the student newspaper, "The Minuteman" in publication since 1941; the newspaper's annual magazine "Minuteman Life"; the yearbook, "The Polymnian"; and the literary magazine, "Prisms". Newark Academy also publishes an alumni magazine, "Lumen", twice a year.

Notable alumni[edit]


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