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Newark, New Jersey
Charters County
North Star Academy Charter School
North Star Academy Charter School is a public school located in Newark, New Jersey with 5,366 students in grades KG-12.
100% of students applied to and were accepted to college during the 18-19 school year.
North Star's academic achievement has opened up the doors of collaboration with NPS around professional development.
10 Washington Place
Newark, NJ 07102
Principal: Cynthia Leger
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White 0%
Black 18%
Asian 0%
Hispanic 81%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 52.5%
Male 47.5%
Economically disadvantaged students 86%
Students with disabilities 8%
English learners 1%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Kindergarten 10%
1st Grade 10%
2nd Grade 10%
3rd Grade 9%
4th Grade 8%
5th Grade 8%
6th Grade 8%
7th Grade 8%
8th Grade 8%
9th Grade 6%
10th Grade 6%
11th Grade 5%
12th Grade 3%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
of students

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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 67
Weapons 1
Vandalism 7
Substances 9
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 85
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 7%
1 to 5 days 33%
6 to 10 days 23%
11 to 15 days 14%
Over 15 days 22%
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English 92.5%
Spanish 4.5%
Other 3.0%
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Learn more about North Star Academy Charter School.


North Star Academy ’s mission is to serve Newark children by building an uncommon school where students partake of a rigorous, 10-month, extended day academic program that gives them the means to beat the odds in school and life. North Star prepares each student to enter, succeed in and ultimately graduate from a four-year college. The education model consists of two core pillars: a highly rigorous academic curriculum paired with a focus on strong character development.


K-4 Reading & Math Models: new models built around Math and Reading instruction; High School Instructional Lesson Types: lesson types to bridge the gap from K-8 instruction to college; Student Advisories: small groups of students who gather to support and push each other to even greater heights; University Science Partnership: ground-breaking partnerships so that every HS senior participates in a college research project under the direct tutelage of a college science professor.


Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Coed), Cross Country (Coed), Football (Boys), Soccer (Boys), Volleyball (Boys & Girls)


North Star has developed a wide array of offerings to help students become well-rounded individuals. At the elementary school level, after school programs include music, Hip Hop, step, dance, art, capoeira, yoga and karate. Performing arts are used to develop the confidence and professionalism in public speaking.

Post high school

North Star has a College Access & Success Team of nine full-time counselors who support seniors through the college process, as well as alums. Seniors receive support with college application processes, Questbridge, POSSE and Cooperman Scholars applications, parent engagement workshops, one-on-one family meetings, and FAFSA/CSS Profile workshops. Graduates enroll in institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Princeton, Cornell, Oberlin, Rutgers, Syracuse, NYU, and Spelman.


North Star values our families and neighbors as partners. Parents are engaged through Meet Your Teacher/Back to School Night; Parent University, Math/Literacy Nights; Parent Appreciation Week; and Cultural Celebrations (Latino Heritage, Black History, Kwanzaa, etc.). The Parent Council assists with student fundraising efforts and events. Community partnerships include Parent Partners for Advocacy Coalition; Urban League of Essex County; JerseyCan; Better Education for Kids Foundation.

School safety

North Star Academy believes students flourish in a safe and supportive environment. Student culture is not formed by motivational speeches or statements of values. It is formed by repeated practice—using every minute of every day to build good habits. From opening morning routines to the final bell, students receive a constant message that nothing is as important—and engaging—as learning. As such, uniforms must be worn at all times in order to stress the fundamental equality of all students and to remove the distractions created by the status consciousness associated with clothing and footwear fashion. Positive student culture and safety procedures ensure our students feel safe at school so they can focus on learning.


Technology is a part of each school day, with all students utilizing Chromebooks weekly as part of the curriculum. High schools students have the opportunity to enroll in Engineering and Computer Science classes. Similarly, the school offers the following clubs to students: Girls Who Code, LP Tech, Robotics and STEM League.


Twenty-one years ago in Newark, New Jersey, 72 students became the pioneering class of North Star Academy Charter School. Today, North Star Academy is the largest charter school in New Jersey, serving over 5,000 students in Newark across 13 campuses. With approximately 86% of students qualifying for free or reduced priced lunch, North Star Academy has gone on to prove that low income students from Newark can achieve at the highest levels. North Star Academy is a free, public K-12 charter school. There is no entrance requirement to apply. North Star participates in Newark Enrolls, a universal enrollment application which allows families to apply to district and charters school on one single application. This application is open to Newark residents. From Kindergarten through 12th grade, students engage in a challenging curriculum for a longer school day and a longer school year. Teachers use student assessment data to target their daily lessons to meet the unique needs of each student, at every academic level, and guide students to success.

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