Enrichment & Athletics
Our students participate in a wide variety of enrichment activities which serve to help students become well-rounded individuals and to better prepare them for college life. After school programs vary by location and include: step, dance, art, capoeira, choir, double dutch, and karate. Our middle and high schools also offer basketball, soccer, field hockey, flag football, cross country, volleyball, and rugby in additional to non-athletic programs such as yearbook, debate, gardening, entrepreneurship, and mock trial. For our middle and high school students, we strongly encourage participation in summer programs to gain comfort in new, diverse communities and to build additional skills outside the classroom.
Each year North Star holds three cross-campus shows at Essex County College where the best student acts from all nine schools perform. They include Latino Cultural Celebration in November, Black History Month Celebration in February and Heroes’ Dance and Step Showcase in April. In our latest show, over 300 scholars performed in 14 different acts.
In 2010, North Star Academy launched its partnership with Legal Outreach. Legal Outreach uses law to inspire and prepare students to perform at the highest academic levels. Legal Outreach uses innovative law curricula to engage urban students, inspire them to set collegiate and professional goals, and build academic skills. Relying heavily on its many partners, Legal Outreach provides law instruction, teacher training, law institutes, and a comprehensive College Bound program with extraordinary success rates.
Basketball: Most of our middle schools at North Star Academy offer competitive girls’ and boys’ basketball teams in the Charter School Athletic League. Over the course of the last few years, North Star has seen four teams make it to the league semi-finals. Our Downtown Middle School's girls’ team won the league championships in 2009 and the boys’ team won in 2013. Our high school now participates in The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Karate: Since 2008, North Star Academy has built a partnership with a local karate school run by Eddie Brown. Eddie and his teachers now instruct over 100 K-4 scholars five days per week at all four of our elementary schools. Over 15 of our scholars competed in a national championship and won honors in 2010.
Step: The art of step has been highly popular at North Star Academy. Over the last five years, North Star has expanded the program to include at least one team at every school. Our steppers have performed across New York and New Jersey.
Capoeira: Beginning with the 2011-12 school year, North Star has cultivated a partnership with the Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey to provide Capoeira instruction at its elementary schools. The program has thus far been a huge success with students and we look forward to expanding the program as we grow. Click here to learn more about the Center.
Theater: Throughout the elementary, middle, and high schools, North Star students shine on stage. Each elementary class performs a wonderful end-of-year musical production. Our middle and high schools also perform annual shows. Performances have included “The Three Little Pigs Learn Responsibility,” “The Giver,” and “Fame”.
To discover opportunities beyond North Star Academy, please visit our Enrichment Opportunities Database. Our database includes listings of hundreds of day and sleep-away programs for summer or school-year enrichment.