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North Star Academy Charter School of Newark is a charter high school in Newark. The principal of North Star Academy Charter School of Newark is James Verrilli, who can be contacted at jverrilli@northstaracademy.org. 1,687 students attend North Star Academy Charter School of Newark and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 78% of the 1,687 students here get reduced lunch prices.The average class size at North Star Academy Charter School of Newark is 20, and the student to teacher ratio is 13:1. Fast Track Success Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 85% 81%
Hispanic 14% 18%
Asian 0.6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.5%
White, non-Hispanic 0.3% %
Multiracial 0.08% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78% 75%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    North star never gave a chance to my son. They lied and broke an innocent child hope to be part of north star academy team. Before and After going through the enrollment process; I was told that each child will be sent to the nearest school depending on the zoning. But I guess that was not the case. I live on zip code 07104 they sent my son all the way to clinton avenue. I have spoken to the principal several times to transfer my son to the nearest school she only wrote down my info and no one never got back to me. I went to the downton campus same running around. They wanted my ten year old to travel miles by himself to go to school. I know that it is a free school but they should try to make it easier for parents particulary when you are a single working mother and do not have anyone to help pick up your child after school. As a parent i believe child safety is very important to our children and teach them how to be independent . my questions are Is this discrimination? Why they couldn't send him to the nearest school when we live just few blocks away from the downtown school? I still don't understand why? Please help thank you

  • (6 months ago)

    My daughter attends North Star and I must say she has excelled the most out of my 3 children. I wish all children where educated in these type of systems. North Star is a prime example of excellence in top education here. To all the highly dedicated teachers there. They all deserve high recognition all year round.

  • (6 months ago)

    I have been in this school now for 1 year and a half. Honestly I feel to much pressure there. They say it is bully free but in reality it's not. If you ask your child how really feel about this school they will mostly likely talk about stress they expect you to be perfect 24/7 and I hate. The teachers get mad at you for the stupidest reasons and I feel torched. Ism judged by every one there by my grades not who I am. Before you send your child here ask them if they are okay with stress!!

  • (8 months ago)

    This school on N. 15TH Middle school is like boot camp please do not make the same mistake I made putting my child in there. They learn and get prepared for college but they torture the kids by putting alot of stress on the child. North Star middle school on 15th street is not for every child in Newark.....The pressure they put on the kids is ridiculous..definitely an uncommon school...learning is suppose to be fun too they really make it stressful..sorry North Star middle school on 15th...Im transferring my child out and not recommending any child to torture lane!!...they also get too much homework Im talking packets..your child has to be perfect....no is perfect!

  • (1 year ago)

    well i just applied for my son who is going to the 5th grade to North Star i choose North Star for so many reasons including great academy performance classroom size extra curricula activities and so on. i strongly believe is a great school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the most awesome school ever!!! The principaland the teachers are the most dedicated people I know. The principal works tirelessly to make sure the curriculum and the teachers are on point and make changes based on the needs of the kids and the desire for all of the children to go to college on a full scholarship. The students can call any of their teachers until 9 pm for help with their homework. Tell me where would you ever get that?!! They make sure the school is safe the children are courteous to their classmates teachers and parents. No bullying or foolishness is tolerated at all!! They are truly on top of things @ North Star. They don't give any child an excuse not to do well. If you don't do well here it is because the child and/or the parent are not doing their job. Period. GB

  • (1 year ago)

    What an excellent school to send your child its safe no child is left behind if they struggling in a subject the teacher will stay after school to help wherever subject she needs help in they may have alot of homework but if they don't finish it they would stay after school and complete it. They do not play in this school they teach the students to have manners. They also go on trips educational trips and at the end of the year they may go on a camping trip boat trip its real nice from all the hard work they let them enjoy there self at the end of the year. They get them prepared for college too.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my daughters second year in north star and she loves her school. Yes it challenging but isnt that what you want for your child. My daughter is in first grade and has been reading since two months after she started kindergarten. Now she is reading on a second grade level and she's doing multiplication and division word problems in the first grade!! I love this school the teachers are great and the curriculum is outstanding a huge step above regular public school. Which i know for a fact because i work in a public school.

  • (2 years ago)

    After three wonderful years at North Star Elementary we are forced to find another school due to a relocation. It has been a very long road in locating a school that is able to meet our expectations however we have finally been able to devise a plan. I will definitely miss the tight-knit community and all of the wonderful staff. Keep up the great work!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I am extremely happy to take this opportunity to congratulate the Vailsburg Campus Middle School on a job well done. The administrative staff and the teaching staff have set high standards for the scholars. My daughter transferred from an excellent school district to North Star. At first I had my reservations as to how she would handle the demands placed on her as a scholar at North Star. However the teachers there helped smooth her transitions. She complained in the beginning about all the work. But now she independently comes home and starts her homework. Thanks again to the Vailsburg Middle School staff for all of your hard work and efforts. Parents please be advised that North Star is a second education for us as well. When you decide to sit down with your child have a computer or dictionary handy. The education is nothing like the one we received back in the day. Keep up the good work !!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Positively stellar school with the right mix of accountability for all parties. Expectations are made clear for the teachers the parents and the students too leaving little room for excuses. The curriculum is top notch - very organized and intentional. I can't praise this school enough. When a teacher is absent (not at all often) another equally qualified professional (sometimes even the principal)takes over so that learning is uninterrupted. Children are accoladed when they do well but never is there a golden child. Excellence is something that is consistently practiced no entitlements! I am ever grateful for this education for my 6th grade boy- Clinton hill campus!

  • (3 years ago)

    As a parent of this school I can truly say that this school is one of the best starting from the principal to teachers and staff. The teachers that they recruit are from all over the world and are highly selected. One of the math teachers in the school has graduated from Princeton University. I would recommend this school only for students that want to excel because the curriculum in this school is not like any other they are very advanced and your child would have to work very hard but at the end it will pay off. I am so happy and honored to have my child enrolled in this college preparatory school.

  • (4 years ago)

    North Star is one of the best things that has happen to Newark. My son is in NorthStar and I can see the diiferance in his work. All schools should be like North Star Academy!

  • (4 years ago)

    North Star Academy has created a school that does more than closes the achievement gap - it creates a community of lifetime learners who support each other as students enter school from kindergarten and ultimately go onto college in a city where less than 5% of the adults have college degrees. * In an urban environment North Star schools are safe havens for students where they receive support understanding encouragement and a safe school where there is no fear of violence. *In the newest school an elementary school - all students in their inaugural grade are at or above grade level by first grade. * in the middle schools students enter 2-3 grade levels below in 5th grade. By 8th grade 90% of students score proficiency or advanced proficiency on state tests. * 100% of high school graduates continue into college * 80% of North Star alum have graduated from college. Of the 20% who have not yet graduated most are still in school or hoping to return.

  • (5 years ago)

    North Star Academy Clinton Hill and Downtown campus provide a high quality education and promote excellence in academics and community involvment. Most of all they teach self pride and community pride to all the students. They teach students to believe and achieve.

  • (5 years ago)

    Northstar Academy is an excellent school although they are very strict they are very serious about education! I am ver satisfied with the school

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been a North Star Paent for four years we are now entering High School at North Star and we are preparing to accept the challenge. North Star prepares our inner city youth for real life challenges and the support from the adminisration and teachers is second none. We as parents have to continue to work with and support our children in this exceptional academic experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love North Star! I have three children that attend this school. I will say you will have to commit your life to fit N.S in. It's hard work dedication. Parent involvement! Then it will work for you & your child. The children work on a level far beyond their years. They a cut above the rest. That's what our children need.A push in the right direction. N.S is changing the world on scholar at a time to make history!!! I love N.S!! If you want change try N.S. You will be happy with your result. A child that can face the world w/ their face held high from Newark! This school is a gem for the city if Newark...My Children are in 10 3 2 grades....

  • (5 years ago)

    I currently have three children enrolled across the North Star campuses and as an alumni of a private high school I know for certain that there is not a better school in New Jersey than North Star Academy. The teacher care the parents are invested and the students excell. There is no place I would recommend better than North Star Academy!

  • (5 years ago)

    I actually attend this school and i personally believe that it is number one but at times it can become to strict but it is because they love us and wants to see us suceeed!!!

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