The North Star Difference

North Star is a community where students feel loved and nurtured so they can be their best each and every day. Our teachers infuse joy and academic rigor into every day, ensuring all students are prepared to succeed in college and beyond.

Free and Open Enrollment

Our K-12 public charter schools are free to attend, and enrollment is open to all NJ families.

#1 Charter School

North Star Academy is the #1 highest performing charter school in New Jersey, and has been serving Newark students for over 20 years.

Safe, Supportive, Structured

Our teachers and staff provide students with the best learning experience for success.

Uncommon's Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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14 Free Public Schools

Our schools have a shared mission to prepare all student to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college. We currently have 14 schools in the Newark neighborhoods of Clinton Hill, Downtown Newark, Fairmount, Vailsburg, and West Side.

Our Campuses

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North Star Academy is a free public school, with no selection criteria or application fees. Learn more about enrolling your child and submit your application today!


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