Vailsburg Middle School

24 Hazelwood Avenue, Second Floor
Newark, NJ 07106

T: (973) 286-6940
F: (973) 286-6941

Welcome to Vailsburg Middle School

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

9 Years

Vailsburg MS opened in August 2010 by two former Clinton Hill MS teachers, and builds on the successes of Downtown and Clinton Hill middle schools.

Grades 5-8

We are a middle school serving students in grades 5 to 8, and share a building with Vailsburg ES providing families with a full K-8 experience.


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 and family potluck dinners, campus newsletters and postcards, family conferences, monthly progress reports, 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.

Our School Leaders


Carolyn Zippilli

Director of Operations

Amanda Meehan

Learn How to Enroll

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