NEWARK, NJ – Families who submitted applications for nearly 8,000 students found out this weekend which school their child got matched with through the Newark Enrolls program, however, those who missed the January deadline will get a second opportunity to submit an application.
The Newark Enrolls program is aimed to provide students and their families with a universal enrollment system which is a simplified enrollment process for district and participating charter schools.
Families rank their school choices using the online application during a designated window. This year, that window was nearly 11 weeks which spanned from Nov. 14, 2020, to Jan. 29, 2021.
“The [selection] process included innovative student recruitment efforts that prioritized family safety and flexibility in the context of this global pandemic,” Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger León told TAPinto Newark.
Following the announcement of matches on Sunday, district officials said the window will reopen on May 3 to families that are in a transitional grade or applying for the first time. For families who apply to a charter school, their child will be automatically placed on the waitlist for that school.
For families that plan on applying to the Newark Enrolls program, here are some key things to know.
How to choose a school?
Begin by entering your address and your child’s grade into Newark Enrolls SchoolFinder. On May 3, you will be able to submit your application for consideration in SchoolMint for the 2021-2022 school Year.
Will students receive their first choice?
The only reason a Newark student would not get into his or her first choice would be if the school does not have enough seats for all applicants, according to district officials. When a student does not receive his or her first choice, the matching process will move down the student’s list of schools in order to place the student in his or her highest-ranked school with available seats.
Students applying to a magnet or specialized school program must meet the application requirements specific to that school.
What happens if a parent wants their child to attend the same school as their sibling?
With the exception of magnet schools, district officials said applicants who have a sibling currently attending the school receive the highest priority at the school. Siblings who are applying at the same time receive priority to be matched together.
If one of the students is matched to a school, his/her sibling(s) will be given preference to be matched to the same school.
How does the magnet school matching process work?
All six district magnet schools (Science Park High School, Arts High School, Bard High School Early College Newark, Technology High School, American History High School and University High School) have admission criteria.
These schools rank all applicants using different criteria including standardized test scores, grades and attendance. Some may also require an audition or an interview. All students can apply for admission into a magnet school. Sibling priority does not apply to magnet schools.
You can review the magnet criteria information listed on the school’s information page.
For more information regarding the Newark Enrolls program, visit the program guidebook here.
For students who have already been matched to their respective schools, district officials ask that parents register their child to their matched school by April 22, which is when the window opens to secure their seat for the upcoming school year.
Students enrolling in ninth grade will attend freshman orientation (virtually) on the evening of May 19 and each high school principal will reach out with meeting details, according to district officials.
“These steps will enable students to start the school year on time and continue to overall transition back to normalcy,” León said.