Vailsburg Elementary School

24 Hazelwood Avenue
Newark, NJ 07106

T: (973) 373-8150
F: (973) 373-8482

Welcome to Vailsburg Elementary School

Vailsburg Elementary School is located in the Newark neighborhood of Vailsburg. Students have the opportunity to attend our elementary school for grades K to 4, and to continue on to Vailsburg Middle School for grades 5 to 8, and a North Star Academy Washington Park High School for grades 9 to 12.

12 Years

Vailsburg Elementary opened in August 2007 with 75 Kindergartners and now currently serves over 450 students.

Grades K-4

We are an elementary school serving students in grades K to 4.


Our students wear uniforms to foster a focus on learning and a stronger sense of community.

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Academics and Culture

Curriculum and Development

North Star Academy has developed over one hundred interim assessments directly aligned with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and North Star curricula. These assessments form the backbone of the data-driven instructional model that has greatly enhanced student achievement.

Eliminating the Achievement Gap

North Star students have succeeded in eliminating the achievement gap, routinely outperforming their more affluent, suburban district peers on New Jersey state assessments.

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Emphasis on College

North Star begins educating students about the importance of college from day one and continues to do so through college readiness activities found in middle and high school. The goal is for freshman year to become a natural extension of graduating from high school.

Partnering with Families

Partnering with families is vital to ensuring the success of our students and schools. We recognize that we cannot fulfill our mission of preparing students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college without the support of our families. Family events are held at each campus at least once every two months. Flyers and messages inviting families to upcoming meetings and events are sent home with students. Food and child care are always provided.

In addition to campus events, North Star Academy is committed to maintaining frequent communication with our families by offering the following: back-to-school nights, campus newsletters, family conferences, end-of-quarter report cards, and more.

For an overview of our Parent Involvement Policies and Programs, please click here. North Star Academy’s Title I Parent Involvement Policy and School-Parent Compact can be found here.

Parent Council

Parents have been active in all phases of the school, from its founding to its governance. The Parent Council is an organization made up of North Star Parents. Each fall parents at each school elect their Parent Council officers. Visit North Star Academy’s Family Resource and Policies page for additional information.

Vailsburg Elementary Parent Council Members:

Atiya Robertson, President
Richard Crawford, Vice President
Kerry Ann Palmer, Treasurer
Sha’Nita Dyer, Secretary

Our School Leaders


Mariah Copeland

Director of Operations

Brian Maher

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