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Newark, New Jersey
Charters County
Gray Charter School
The Gray Charter School is a public school located in Newark, New Jersey with 341 students in grades KG-8.
Intense Reading and Language Arts Program
Longer School Days and Academic Year
Use of Music as an Instructional Tool

National Blue Ribbon Award. First place honors at the Colors of the Rainbow Ballroom Dance Competition. Our violin students were selected to perform for Congressman Donald Pain Jr.'s African Heritage Month celebration.

55 Liberty Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Principal: Ms. Verna Gray
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White 6%
Black 34%
Asian 2%
Hispanic 58%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 51.9%
Male 48.1%
Economically disadvantaged students 78%
Students with disabilities 8%
English learners 0%
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 13%
1st Grade 15%
2nd Grade 12%
3rd Grade 14%
4th Grade 12%
5th Grade 12%
6th Grade 9%
7th Grade 7%
8th Grade 7%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
of students

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Incidents per year
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 38%
6 to 10 days 31%
11 to 15 days 14%
Over 15 days 15%
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English 100.0%
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Learn more about The Gray Charter School.


The Gray Charter is one of the longest serving and most successful charter schools in New Jersey. Academically, our students routinely outperform those of district public schools, as well as many other schools throughout the state. The mission of the Gray Charter School is to provide its' student body with the best possible education by focusing on the fundamental academic disciplines, and to provide true choice in public education.


Language Arts - The Gray Charter School has built a very strong reading and language arts program using a phonics foundation. By the end of their 4th grade year, students who have attended since kindergarten are generally reading 2 years above grade level. Classic literature is used in the upper grades to broaden the knowledge base, and to increase academic endurance and strength. Math - Students are expected to learn and master high level mathematical skills and concepts.


All students participate in music classes daily. Additionally, there are violin and recorder classes, a vocal chorus, and students have the option to participate in one of only two handbell choirs within the City of Newark. Tap and Ballroom Dancing classes are offered with our partners from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.


The Gray Charter School employs an extended school day, and calendar year. School begins session during the 3rd week in August, and is in session into mid-June. Our regular school day begins at 7:30 am. Students who participate in the breakfast program may arrive as early as 7:15 am. Classes are in session until 3:30 pm each day. A large number of students are required to attend the schools' tutorial program which is in session until 4:20 pm.


From August to October of each year, our staff engage in intense professional development and coaching in our language arts program. Additionally, new and returning staff attend training at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where they learn to deliver high level mathematical instruction, utilize data driven instructional concepts, and better guide student learning.


The Gray Charter School employs a full-time social worker, school nurse, basic skills, and special education teachers, as well as a part time child study team, speech teacher, and student mentors.


Though physical education and recess periods, our students engage in physical education, or other physical activity at least once each day. We also offer food, nutrition and health classes on a weekly basis.


Parents attend meetings several times per school year. Parents routinely sit as members of the school's board of trustees.


During the 2017-2018 academic year, capital improvements were made to the school's physical plant. A completely new 5th floor added an additional 6 classrooms, office space and a partial gym to the building. The schools heating and air conditioning systems were upgraded, wired and wireless systems were upgraded and expanded, and a complete new telecommunications system was developed and installed. The addition currently houses students in grades 6-8, and provided additional space for students in grades 3-5.

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