Newark Public Schools to host enrollment fair for high school-bound students

Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools Robert Gregory is one of the candidates under consideration to become the first superintendent since the city regained control of its schools. Credits: NPS

Newark, NJ--Newark Public Schools will be hosting its Newark Enrolls High School Night 2018 on Thursday for eighth grade, high school-bound students that will feature presentations, demonstrations and conversations about the high school experience.

The Enrollment Fair, to be held at Bard High School Early College, will offer students and parents an opportunity to gather information and resources from high schools, interact with school staff and take part in personalized question and answer sessions to help participants select their high schools for the 2018-2019 school year.

Elementary students in the last grade of their current schools, enrolling in a school for the first time or who want to enroll in a new school are encouraged to attend.

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NPS Deputy Superintendent Gregory will be hosting the program.

“I encourage parents and guardians to attend this important program, that will provide information to help them determine the academic home for their child for the next four years,” Gregory said. 

"The program provides a unique opportunity for the student and parent to meet face to face with representatives, teachers and administrators from the various high schools, so they can begin their academic journey into adulthood," Gregory said.

Newark’s school district launched its universal enrollment at a citywide fair last month, where students and families had an opportunity to explore school options and complete the Newark Enrolls application process.

Approximately 1,200 students and family members attended the event, with 64 schools in attendance and Newark Public Schools staff on hand to provide one-on-one support for close to 200 families.

The district has been focused on a unified enrollment system that builds on recent improvements aimed at providing neighborhood preference, keeping siblings together and improving the overall enrollment experience.

Key improvements to Newark Enrolls were announced earlier this year, including more equitable access by providing neighborhood preference for 100 percent of district elementary schools, with students assigned to the highest-ranked school choice available.

Other improvements include increased accessibility of the online application, decreased wait times and better service at the family support center and a new, streamlined timeline that will allow parents to receive school assignments and waitlist results simultaneously.

The district will also be conducting a close review of school placements for students who require special services.

The district will continue to incorporate feedback from parents and community members to make further improvements around how families directly interact and learn about the enrollment process.

In addition, a Family Enrollment Portal launched in May provides parents with the ability to directly address many of their enrollment needs online without having to travel to the Family Support Center. The portal also allows families who arrive in Newark after the application period has ended to enroll in a school of their choosing online. Families can also change schools online.

Nearly 2,500 people accessed the portal in the first two weeks alone.

Participating high schools in the upcoming enrollment fair include American History; Arts; Bard; Barringer Academy of S.T.E.A.M.; Barringer Academy of The Arts and Humanities; Central; Eagle Academy for Young Men; East Side; Great Oaks Legacy Charter; KIPP NJ Newark Collegiate Academy; Malcolm X Shabazz; M.E.T.S. Charter; Marion P. Thomas Charter; People’s Preparatory; Science Park; Technology; University; Weequahic; and West Side.

In addition to the January 11 enrollment event, parents and students can complete applications for elementary schools by visiting the Newark Enrolls website.

Newark Enrolls will remain open until February 16, with families notified of school placements on April 20.

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