The Student Experience
North Star students know that an excellent education is key to achieving their dreams. By committing to our core values and giving back to others, our students can reshape history and write a new story for themselves.
A Typical School Day
We start each school day with three goals in mind: every student feels truly loved and cared for, learning is both rigorous and joyful, and students are prepared for success in college and beyond.
A Strong Start
All Uncommon students start their day with a warm welcome and a firm handshake at the door of the school from an adult who knows them and is committed to their success.
One of our oldest and most joyful traditions, morning circle and community meetings are a time for students to celebrate accomplishments, come together as one school with one mission, and share their strong leadership voices.
Joy and Mastery
Learning should be both fun and educational. We build joy into every lesson while preparing students to master the skills and knowledge they’ll need to succeed in college and beyond.
All young people deserve the opportunity to discover their intellectual passions, so we are proud to offer a wide range of courses like robotics, African-American literature, creative writing, computer coding, business, and more.
Beyond the Classroom
Learning doesn’t end when the final bell rings. After hours, our students are debating on the national stage, contributing to literary journals, performing in musical theater, winning state athletic championships, and so much more.
It Takes a Village
We are honored to be a part of your lives. Our teachers and leaders communicate constantly with parents and families. They share updates and work as a team with parents and families to ensure every child has the support he or she needs to succeed.
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Academics and School Culture
From kindergarten through 12th grade, North Star students engage in curricula that pushes them to their fullest potential.
From K through 12th grade, our schools embrace a college-going culture. Our students are engaged in learning for a longer school day and extra days of learning each year to ensure they are prepared to excel in college and beyond. Our students go on to excel in college at rates far outpacing their peers.
We recognize the unique needs of each student. To that end, our teachers use assessment data to target their daily lessons to meet students' academic levels and guide them to success. Each August, North Star staff members return to campuses three weeks before the start of school to engage in extensive professional development, coaching, and teamwork.
Supportive Community and Culture
North Star Academy partners with families to provide a supportive and safe environment for students that adds joy and mastery of academic subjects. Through regular communication, Community Meetings, and Advisory Program, our families are leading the charge outside the classroom as our teachers do inside the classroom.
Athletics and Enrichment
At North Star, we believe in developing the whole child. We offer our students a variety of extracurricular enrichment and athletics programs to help them discover their passions and develop their potential.
Our high school debate team is a serious contender in debate tournaments in the country. We are the first team to have an all-black, women team to reach the Tournament of Champions, a national high school tournament dominated by elite private schools.
Infusing rhythm and dance, our step teams put on outstanding performances every year at Essex County College. Da Boyz step team from Clinton Hill Middle Academy is also an award-winning team, placing 3rd at a national tournament in 2018.
Throughout elementary, middle, and high schools, North Star students perform in top-of-the-class theater productions such as “The Giver."
Serving Grades K-12 in Newark, NJ
Explore Our Campuses
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Enroll Your Child
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!