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Newark, New Jersey
Essex County
Newark Public School District
Arts High School is a public school located in Newark, New Jersey with 614 students in grades 8-12.
With a long and distinguished history Arts High School was the first public high school for the arts in the nation

While Arts High School is primarily a visual and performing arts school we also have a very competitive academic program that offers a full range of honors and Advanced Placement courses Every student spends a minimum of 80 minutes studying in their arts major every day

550 M. L. King Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102
Principal: Mr. Ricardo Pedro
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White 7%
Black 58%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 34%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 65.0%
Male 35.0%
Economically disadvantaged students 74%
Students with disabilities 10%
English learners 1%
Homeless students 1%
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
8th Grade 5%
9th Grade 28%
10th Grade 21%
11th Grade 22%
12th Grade 24%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 1
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 0%
1 to 5 days 14%
6 to 10 days 21%
11 to 15 days 25%
Over 15 days 40%
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English 75.6%
Spanish 17.9%
Portuguese 5.2%
Other 1.3%
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With a long and distinguished history Arts High School was the first public high school for the arts in the nation As the artistic flagship of the Newark Board of Education today’s Arts High School offers rigorous artistic and academic programs for students in grades 9 12 enabling post secondary matriculation to many of the best institutions in the country Arts majors are offered in dance drama music TV production and visual art


Advanced Placement AP


Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Volleyball (Boys & Girls)


Broadcasting and TV Production Drama Latin Jazz Band Student Government Speech Team


Afterschool Program serving students ages 12 17 Operated by Newark Public Schools

Post high school

Graduates attended 2 and 4 year schools including: Bridgeport Caldwell Clemson Emory Essex Georgian Court John Jay Kean Lincoln Mary Baldwin Montclair St NJIT NYU Penn St Rider Rowan Rutgers San Fransisco Art Seton Hall Susquehanna Union Warren Wilson and William Paterson Additionally graduates enlisted in the United States Military attended various technical schools and joined the workforce


Special education programs are offered in the least restrictive environment and emphasize specialized instruction and related services designed to meet the unique needs of students based on individual needs Highly specialized programs for students with greater needs are available including transitional services Bilingual education and ESL is available in the district to English Language Learners (ELLs) as per NJAC6A:15 Transitional bilingual education programs and dual language programs are available for Spanish speaking ELLs as well as part time bilingual education for Portuguese French and Haitian Creole speaking ELLs The goals is for students to acquire English language proficiency by making annual progress through targeted support and instruction in the home language and or tailored second language acquisition I RS services are available for students in need of academic social or emotional support as well as school counselors academic support and interventions OT PT


Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Inc National Honors society Newark Arts Education NJPAC Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz


Built in 1931 and includes Auditorium Biology Labs Chemistry Labs Computer Labs Media Center Music Classrooms Physics Labs Dance Studios Television Production Studio Black Box Theatre Visual Arts Studio and Gym

School safety

Our students and staff regularly participate in both fire and security drills The drills ensure preparedness for a wide spectrum of emergencies In addition we installed a LobbyGuard system in our building The system assists with visitor management and flags registered Megans Offenders upon entry into our school Additionally we participate in Newark Cares a program in partnership with the Newark Police Division and the US Drug Enforcement Agency The program is designed to alert our administrators anytime a student has been involved in or exposed to a traumatic experience Our school staffs a team of professionally trained Security Guards solely dedicated to ensuring the safety of students staff visitors and property


The traditional standard schedule for students in our secondary schools is 8:20 am 2:50 pm All schools have a centralized homepage where important information is posted Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are also utilized to communicate important information special events and reminders We also utilize the Blackboard telephone communication system to notify families of emergency school closings All students in (Pre K to 12th Grade) are required to wear a school uniform The clothing guidelines and colors can be found at www nps k12 nj us parents resources school uniforms Admissions information for all Newark Board of Education schools can be found at www NewarkEnrolls org

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