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Our City

Is this news to you? This is Newark to us!

Artistic, creative, engaged: Newark is a vibrant city with a bright future. Located 15 miles west of New York City, Newark is the third-oldest city in the U.S., with five wards renowned for their cultural and business diversity. Led by Mayor (and Newark Public Schools graduate, teacher, and school leader) Ras Baraka, community organizers, and civic and business leaders, Newark is a city on the rise. 


A District on the Rise

Newark teachers make a difference far beyond their classrooms. They’re driven by a belief in Newark’s future—a future that depends on an excellent education for every student.

Newark is vibrant.

From the renowned Newark Museum to downtown's independent galleries, we love the arts. Our passion has earned us the recognition as one of the most vibrant arts cities in the country.  

Newark is innovative. 

Long known as a post-industrial port city, today Newark is starting to compete with Seattle and San Francisco for top tech talent. We're home to cutting-edge tech companies like Panasonic, Audible, and IDT. We’re also home to five major universities, including Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Newark is fun. 

From First Friday community nights on Halsey Street to world dance parties at Riverfront Park, we know how to party. Choose your scene: reggaetón, salsa, house beats, or concertos. 

Newark is diverse. 

Newark is a proud sanctuary city. From Portuguese bakeries to poetry slams, we know that our diversity makes us stronger. 

Newark is growing. 

More than $3 billion of investment in housing, shopping, and community spaces is propelling our growth and fueling our optimism. From downtown revitalization to housing in the West Ward, Newark is investing in its future.

Newark is home. 

Whether you were born and raised in Newark or are a recent arrival from out of state, we welcome you to join us as we create a more just, vibrant, and rewarding Newark for everyone.

LISTEN: Principal Edwin Reyes talks about the sense of community that makes Newark a special place to live and work.


Newark celebrates diversity

We celebrate the diversity that makes our city unique. Nowhere is that pride on display more than at our many cultural festivals and events. Whether it’s the live music at our African Soul Festival, arts and crafts at our annual Latin Festival, cuisine at our Portugal Day Festival, or costumes and dancing in our Brazilian Day Parade, you’ll find a lot to celebrate in Newark.

Ready to make an impact on Newark students?

Join a trailblazing district on a mission to give Newark’s children a successful future.

Apply today to secure a contract for the 2019-20 school year!

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