General Enrollment Questions
Waiting List Questions
One Newark Enrolls Questions
One 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: by completing a paper application, or by logging into the new Online Enrollment Center at www.newarkenrolls.org. 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!
In the past, families have had to navigate multiple applications, competing timelines, and dual processes during regular enrollment seasons. One Newark Enrolls streamlines this process by combining applications, timelines, and processes into a single system that all participating schools follow.
The matching process aimed to match every student to his or her first-choice school. When there were more applicants than seats available, priority was given to students with certain characteristics: for example, priority for most seats was given to students living in a school’s geographical area. When there were still too many applicants, a random number was used to determine which students received the seats. This policy was applied to all charter and district schools, with the exception of district magnet schools.
The only reason that a student did not receive his or her first choice is because that school had more applicants than seats available. When a student was not matched with his or her first-choice school, the matching process attempted to match a student with his or her next choice that had available space.
General Enrollment Questions
There are no tuition costs or fees required to apply to or attend North Star Academy.
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' new One Newark Enrolls application. Be sure to rank North Star Academy Charter School of Newark as your #1 choice!
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 at the school at the time of the lottery. 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 pre-requisites or entrance examinations to be admitted to North Star Academy.
Yes. Children with special needs are encouraged to apply.
Yes. English Language Learners are encouraged to apply.
We encourage you to attend either an Open House or a School Tour. See our events calendar for specific dates and locations. We also encourage you to browse this website. Should you have any questions, please contact our admissions team.
Contact the One Newark Enrolls application team.
Waiting List Questions
Students who submitted an application have been placed on waitlists for schools that they ranked higher than their match school.
Families who did not apply can visit the Newark Enrolls Contact Center at 301 W. Kinney Street during the hours of 8:30am-3:00pm to add their student to waitlists for schools that no longer have availability. However, the family must demonstrate that the student is already enrolled in school before they can be added to a waitlist.
Siblings of current students, in random order.
Other Newark residents, in random order.
Other non-Newark residents, in random order.
The waitlists are managed centrally by One Newark Enrolls; schools do not have access to the full waitlist and are not able to view a 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 One Newark Enrolls right away.
Yes. Students on the waitlist must reapply every year through One Newark Enrolls if they are still interested in attending North Star. 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.
Is there a "sibling preference" on the waitlist? Why does North Star bump siblings to the top of the list?
Yes. 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 One Newark Enrolls policy.
North Star Academy Admissions Team
Attn: Karin Gerald
10 Washington Place
Newark, NJ 07102