Newark students are at the heart of everything we do.
Our more than 35,000 students bring unique experiences and perspectives into the classroom each day. But each one has the potential to shape the future—our city’s and their own.
By the numbers, our student body is incredibly diverse with 44% African American, 46% Hispanic, and 8% white students. Just over 80% qualify for free or reduced lunch. Approximately 12% speak a language other than English at home. Hidden in these statistics are the unique creativity, hopes, and values they bring to our district. Skilled teachers tap students’ diversity to bring learning to life. They build bridges between their lessons and students’ unique stories to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
In 2016-17, seven NPS graduates are joining the class of 2021 at Ivy League schools on full scholarships, with hundreds more earning admission to colleges across the country. Seventy-one seniors graduated from high school with Associate’s degrees. Our students were honored for their artistic excellence and had their artwork displayed at Kean University’s James Howe Gallery. Elsewhere in the district, students from three elementary schools performed selections from The Lion King and The Jungle Book at the prestigious Prudential Hall. From accomplished poets to first-generation Harvard-bound valedictorians, Newark students’ talents are boundless.
LISTEN: Teacher Andrew Paulsen offers his perspective on the most important skill that Newark educators bring to the classroom.
We’re committed to empowering every child to determine their future. Our students deserve the chance to make real choices—where they go to college and what career path they follow. Newark teachers are committed to making sure every student recognizes their potential and has the skills and knowledge to succeed.