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About This School

University Heights Charter School is a charter elementary school in Newark. The principal of University Heights Charter School is Mr Misha Simmonds, whose e-mail is msimmonds@uhcs-newark.org. 288 students attend University Heights Charter School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 89% of the 288 students here have subsidized lunches. Class size at University Heights Charter School is 19, and the ratio of students to teachers is 12:1. Newark Christian School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 86% 95%
Hispanic 14% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.5%
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89% 79%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I attended the school that was formerly in the UHCS building Bethany Academy. I also attended UHCS the first 2 years it opened (07-09) in 2nd and 3rd grade. Back then the school was run by Dr. Linda. We had no library- the library students go in now was just an empty room we sometimes used for meetings. We were behind in academics- in second grade; my teacher tried to teach us division and failed. We went on to third grade not knowing how to divide or multiply. In fourth grade we were taught the basics on curriculum that should ve been given to us years ago. The school has certainly turned itself around. There are books in the finished library; the students go on field trips (I only remember taking 1 in the two years I spent there) and it seems like the test score ratings have gone up. However if you are looking for more than the average school go to St. Mary s St. Philips North Star etc. Those schools will put your child s curriculum head on head with other cities like Livingston or East Orange.

  • (2 years ago)

    I absolutely love this school. My son has been here since grade K and he has stayed motivated throughout the years. He's had an amazing year last year in 2nd grade and I absolutely LOVED his teachers Ms. Urban and Ms. Tag!!!! Although the school lacks parent involvment you can always count on the same few parents that are always there! All in all...Great School and I would definitely recommend to others!

  • (2 years ago)

    My son had a great year in second grade last year. Ms. Urban and Ms. T really got him excited about school.

  • (4 years ago)

    i think the teacher are very young the lack experience. the communication is terrible with parent. i took my son out this year. It is a better option that public school with their are a lot of better charter and private school in newark

  • (4 years ago)

    staff is good and encourage kids for education

  • (5 years ago)

    Job well done Ms. Nelms! the staff is wonderful

  • (5 years ago)

    Dr. Woodson is no longer at the school and the circulum has been revamped. I see the school moving in the right direction. I expect scores to be higher this year.

  • (5 years ago)

    university heights is a great school. they teach ur kids about there future. also you will be pleased to send ur child there

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is a joke. Dr. Woodson doesn't protect her teachers. She sides with parents and students even if they are lying. Woodson sells you a dream but gives you scrapes. Don't be fooled with what she has to offer. I paid the price for that mistake. Words of wisdom Do not send your child there.

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