School Leadership Council

Mission Statement

The Newark Public Schools District recognizes that each child is a unique individual; possessing talents, abilities, goals, and dreams. We fur­ther recognize that each child can only be successful when, we acknowledge all aspects of that child’s life; addressing needs, enhancing the intellect, developing character, and uplifting the spir­it. Finally, we recognize that individuals learn, grow and achieve differently, and it is therefore critical that, as a district, we provide a diversity of programs based on student needs.

As a district, we recognize that education does not exist in a vacu­um. In recognizing the rich diversity of our student population, we also acknowledge the richness of the diverse environment that sur­rounds us. The numerous cultural, educational and economic insti­tutions that are part of the greater Newark community play a critical role in the lives of our children. It is equally essential that these institutions become an integral part of our educational program.

To this end, the Newark Public Schools is dedicated to providing a quality education, embodying a philosophy of critical and creative thinking and designed to equip each graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to be a productive citizen. Our educational pro­gram is informed by high academic standards, high expectations, and equal access to programs that provide and motivate a variety of interests and abilities for every student based on his or her needs. Accountability at every level is an integral part of our approach. As a result of the conscientious, committed, and coordinated efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, and the community, all children will learn.

Goals

GOAL 1: IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Provide all students with equal access to opportunities that demon­strate high academic standards, high expectations, instructional rigor and alignment with the NJCCCS, and which embody a philosophy of critical and creative thinking.

GOAL 2: DEVELOP STUDENT MORAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Equip students to be productive citizens by addressing needs, enhanc­ing intellect, developing character; and instilling pride and hope.

GOAL 3: STRUCTURE THE ORGANIZATION TO BE EFFICIENT, EFFECT1VE AND ALIGNED WITH THE DISTRICT MISSION
Allocate and align resources on the basis of student needs with high achievement as the ultimate goal.

  • Schools and district offices will have effective and efficient pro­grams, processes, operations and services to assure that all students and other customers will have access to certificated, highly trained professionals.
  • Budget and fiscal systems will support the focus on student achievement through timely and accurate processing of documents.

GOAL 4: ENFRANCHISE COMMUNITY EMPOWER PARENTS
Engage community and family in meaningful decision-making and planning for Newark children.