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Seats Open for the 2020-2021 School Year!

North Star Academy is a tuition-free public charter school, and is open to all residents of Newark, NJ. Families can enroll their child through Newark Enrolls, a universal enrollment system for all Newark public schools.

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Application Process

North Star Academy is a tuition-free public school. Newark families enroll in all public schools, including North Star Academy, through a universal enrollment system called Newark Enrolls.

To enroll in North Star Academy:

  1. Create an account on,
  2. Fill out an application for your child, and
  3. List North Star Academy as your #1 choice in your application, and submit.

If you are interested in joining the North Star Academy waitlist, even if you already applied during the enrollment season earlier this year, please visit the Newark Enrolls website and complete the application under “New Enrollment.” Be sure to indicate North Star Academy as your school of choice!

As a free public school open to all students, North Star does not collect application fees, and does not consider test scores, student grades, or any other information for enrollment. We are not a magnet school or private school. We are an exceptional public charter school, serving all students of all abilities.

Families who accept enrollment with North Star Academy will be placed at one of our 14 schools. Find the nearest North Star school in your neighborhood.


North Star Academy is open to all residents of Newark, New Jersey. Children entering Kindergarten must turn five on or before October 1 of their enrollment year.

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Enrollment FAQs

General Enrollment Questions

There are no enrollment costs to apply to or attend North Star Academy. Please note that there may be minimal fees throughout the school year.

North Star Academy is open to all residents of Newark, New Jersey. Children entering Kindergarten must turn five on or before October 1 of their enrollment year.

All applications must be submitted through Newark Public Schools’ Newark Enrolls application.

Alternatively, families may pick up and return a paper application at any of our school locations or a number of community locations. Remember to list North Star Academy Charter School as your #1 choice on your paper application!

Siblings of currently enrolled North Star Academy students are given preference for admission over non-sibling applicants. Sibling preference applies to a student who has a sibling already in attendance when they are called off the waitlist. Sibling preference only applies to students who share a common parent through birth or legal adoption and live in the same household. Children who live in separate households are not considered siblings.

Campus placement is not guaranteed due to space limitations. We do, however, make an effort to “zone” students to the campus closest to their home. Campus placement will be communicated during the registration process.

No. There are no academic prerequisites or entrance examinations to be admitted to North Star Academy.

Yes. Children with special needs are encouraged to apply.

We encourage you to attend a School Tour.  We also encourage you to browse this website. Should you have any questions, please contact our enrollment team.

You can contact the Newark Enrolls application team by emailing, or calling (973) 733-7333.

Questions About the Waitlist

  1. Students who submit an application are placed on waitlists for schools that they ranked higher than their match school.
  2. Families who did not apply can visit the Family Support Center at 765 Broad Street during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to add their student to waitlists for schools that no longer have availability. Please note: the family must demonstrate that the student is already enrolled in school before they can be added to a waitlist.
  1. Siblings of current students, in random order.
  2. Other Newark residents, in random order.
  3. Other non-Newark residents, in random order.

Waitlists are managed centrally by Newark Enrolls. Schools do not have access to the full waitlist, and are not able to view families’ waitlist status. Waitlist names are released to schools only when a vacant seat is available, and only one name is released for each open seat.

Students on the waitlist are enrolled into our schools as seats become available for the grade in which they have applied. For a seat to become available, a current family must transfer out of our schools. In the event that a current family leaves, we refer to the waitlist and contact families in the order that they appear on the waitlist.

There is no way to foresee when any child might be selected from the waitlist. Students are called from the waitlist in the order that they are listed as spots open up in the schools. We will call all phone numbers on file when your student comes up on the list. Please ensure you communicate any contact information changes to Newark Enrolls right away.


Students on the waitlist must reapply every year through Newark Enrolls if they are still interested in attending North Star Academy. We especially encourage families of current 4th grade students to reapply for admission for the 5th grade as it is one of our open enrollment grades with a high number of available seats.


Sibling applicants of currently enrolled students are given priority for admission over non-sibling applicants. In the event that there are no available seats, confirmed sibling applicants will be ordered randomly and placed in sequential order based on their randomly assigned number on the top of the waitlist above non-sibling applicants. This process is in line with the practice of the Newark Enrolls policy.

Newark Enrolls

Newark Enrolls is a system of choice where all families can access great schools for their children, regardless of the school’s status as district or charter. The system is available to any Newark family wishing to enroll their child in a new school for the upcoming year. Students may rank up to eight school choices – both district and charter – on a single application. They will then receive a single offer to attend the best possible school given their selections.

Families may apply to North Star Academy in two ways:

  1. By completing a paper application, or
  2. By logging into the new Online Enrollment Center at

Families can pick up a copy of the paper application at any participating school or at a number of community locations, and can return the application to any school. Just be sure you list North Star Academy as your top choice on the application!

Previously, families had to navigate multiple applications, competing timelines, and dual processes during regular enrollment seasons. Newark Enrolls streamlines this process by combining applications, timelines, and processes into a single system that all participating schools follow.

The matching process aims to match every student to his or her first-choice school. When there are more applicants than available seats, priority is given to students with certain characteristics. For example, priority for most seats is given to students living in a school’s geographical area. When there are still too many applicants, a random number is used to determine which students receive the seats. This policy is applied to all charter and district schools, with the exception of district magnet schools.

The only reason that a student does not receive his or her first choice is because that school has more applicants than available seats. When a student is not matched with his or her first-choice school, the matching process attempts to match a student with his or her next choice with available space.

Contact Information

Tel: (973) 474-5114
Tel: (973) 474-5115 (para Espanol)

Tel: (973) 733-7333

School Locations

North Star Academy operates 14 schools, serving grades K-12, in the Newark neighborhoods of Clinton Hill, Downtown Newark, Fairmount, Vailsburg, and West Side.

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