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Applications Open for School Year 2024-25

North Star Academy is a tuition-free K-12 public charter school, and is open to all residents of NJ. Families can enroll their child by applying online.

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.

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Reasons to Choose North Star Academy

From an award-winning curriculum and caring teachers, to a full K-12 experience, here are some reasons why families choose North Star Academy.

At North Star, our love of learning and our care for our students drives everything we do. All students are provided with differentiated learning, access to specialists, enriching electives, and leadership opportunities tailored to personal growth and development. We offer intensive, personalized support for students who are English-language learners or have disabilities.



Application Process

Kindergarten-12th Grade Enrollment for School Year 2024-25:

  • To be eligible for Kindergarten, your child must turn 5 years old on or before October 1, 2024.
  • The deadline to apply is Monday, March 11, 2024.
  • Offers will be released Monday, April 8, 2024.
  • Applications may be submitted after the deadline and will be added to the waitlist and offers will be made as soon as space becomes available.

Families can enroll at North Star Academy through the common enrollment system called Newark Common App.

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.

If you are interested in enrolling, you can apply here.


North Star Academy is open to all residents of 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.

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

You can apply online here. If North Star is your school choice, be sure to rank us #1 on your 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.

At this time, we are not offering in-person school tours. We also encourage you to browse this website. Should you have any questions, please contact our enrollment team.

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 didn’t apply during the application window can visit Newark Common App or visit any North Star Academy campus to apply to the waitlist.
  1. Siblings of current students, in random order.
  2. Newark residents, in random order.
  3. Non-Newark residents, in random order.

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 be sure you update all contact information on your application via Newark Common App.


Students on the waitlist must reapply every year through the Newark Common App if they are still interested in attending North Star Academy.


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.

Newark Common App

Newark Common App is a new school application and enrollment process that is available to all Newark families looking to access some of our city’s great school options.

You can apply to North Star Academy by completing the Newark Common App. Be sure to rank North Star Academy #1 on your application!

Choosing the right school for your child is now a lot simpler. Newark Common App is a new, innovative, and easy to use K-12 school application and enrollment process for Newark families. With a centralized application process, enrollment lottery, and waitlist to place students in the school of their choice, Newark Common App is the best first step on the path to possibility. If North Star is your school choice, be sure to rank us #1 on your application!

Contact Information

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

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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