NEWARK, NJ — Newark Students and families will have additional public school options available to them in September 2020, the Board of Education revealed Tuesday, one of which will give high schoolers the opportunity to pursue a focus in diplomacy and languages. 

Sir Isaac Newton Elementary School and the Newark School of Global Studies will replace the unoccupied Newton Street School and Webster Junior High School, respectively. The district has a vision for the School of Global Studies to foster fluency in Arabic or Chinese, immersion in a foreign culture and the exchange of ideas via advanced technology, Superintendent Roger Leon said at last night’s business meeting. 

“It’s the school of the future, a place where ethnically diverse student body converges in a school with no borders,” Leon said in a presentation. 

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The high school will consist of three internal academies focusing on diplomacy, international business and the humanities to develop a pathway of a global studies education to life-long career choices, according to Leon’s report. 

Accepted students will be able to choose which advanced pathways they want to pursue in May. Arabic will serve as the school’s diplomacy pathway, while the Chinese track will provide an opportunity to pursue international business. Parents and students will be able to explore the option at the upcoming citywide school fair on December 7. 

Board member Tave Padilla said the addition of the School of Global Studies provides the added benefit of filling a location gap as there are no other high school options located in its area. The School of Global Studies will start by enrolling a freshman class of 100 ninth graders, which will grow by one class year-by-year. 

Sir Isaac Newton Elementary School will serve students pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, but will only accept pre-K through first grade to start enrollment in September. There will be three grades approximately with three classes in each grade, Leon said. 

Leon and the district have worked this past year to roll out six academies across its comprehensive high schools, signaling an effort to highlight the schools via specialized curricula that create a school-to-career pipeline. The addition of the School of Global Studies bolsters the appeal to students’ unique interests while making the district’s public high schools more attractive to families.