Uncommon Schools North Star Academy

We are a free public school serving grades K through 12 in Newark, NJ. Across our 14 campuses, our students are preparing to achieve their dreams.

An Outstanding K-12 Education

Since our founding in 1997, our free public schools have served Newark families with an award-winning instructional model that supports students' academic and personal growth. Our teachers infuse joy into every day, creating an active engaged learning environment and preparing every student to succeed in college and beyond.

North Star Seniors Appear on Good Morning America

Natalie, Angelina and Thierno shared how the academic rigor, the support and sense of community at Uncommon Schools provided them with the right tools get accepted to top schools with scholarships.


In elementary school, we cultivate a love for learning in every child. Our teaching is fast-paced, rigorous, and fun—with plenty of celebratory cheers built into each lesson. We build community around values like respect, hard work, and kindness, shaping the hearts as well as the minds of our students. Our goal is for students to love school from the very start.


In middle school, our students learn the academic skills they need to succeed in high school, while developing their own identities as citizens of their communities and of the world. They learn to think deeply, to debate passionately, and to engage thoughtfully with new people, places, and ideas.


Our high school students make the transition to becoming the leaders of tomorrow. They build intellectual expertise through rigorous coursework and AP classes. They develop their passion and leadership through a range of enrichment and after-school activities. They graduate ready to thrive in college and beyond.

#1 School

North Star Academy is New Jersey's #1 highest performing public charter school and has been serving Newark families for over 20 years.

14 Schools

North Star Academy is made up of 14 free public schools in Newark, serving students in grades K-12.


We proudly serve over 5,500 Newark students and families on the path to college and beyond.


Explore Our Campuses

Find your nearest North Star Academy neighborhood school, including school contact information to schedule a tour.

Our Campuses

Learn How to Enroll

North Star Academy is a free public school, with no selection criteria or application fees. We participate in NewarkEnrolls, a universal enrollment process for all Newark public schools. Learn more about enrolling your child and submit your application today!


North Star in the News
Anti-Bullying Self Assessment

North Star Academy’s Anti-Bullying Self Assessment is posted here per the Anti-bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122).