District Summary

Newark Public Schools: District Summary (2016-2017)

The Newark School District is the largest and one of the oldest school systems in New Jersey. Its origin dates back to 1676. Barringer High School, in Newark’s North Ward, is the third oldest public high school in the nation. The racial and ethnic diversity of the city provides a rich educational experience for pre-kindergarten to secondary school students. The district continues to revise its services to meet the changing needs of students. The information below came from the New Jersey Department of Education and summarize the most recent publicly available data. These data sources enable comparison with all other districts in the state of New Jersey. Newark students served outside of the district are not included in the data.

Number of Schools

Number of Schools
Traditional Public Schools 64
Source: http://www.state.nj.us/education/data/enr/enr17/enr.zip
Interesting Fact: NPS has more than twice as many schools as 99% of districts in the state of New Jersey.

Student Enrollment

Grades Enrollment Percent of Total Enrollment
Pre-K 2,107 5.9%
K-8 22,867 63.8%
9-12 8,672 24.2%
Ungraded 2,189 6.1%
Total Enrollment 35,835 100.0%
Source: http://www.state.nj.us/education/data/enr/enr17/enr.zip
Interesting Fact: Newark Public Schools serves more students than any other district in the state of New Jersey.

Student Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethncity Enrollment Percent of Total Enrollment
Black 15,877 44.3%
Hispanic 16,628 46.4%
White 2,841 7.9%
Asian 294 0.8%
Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander 126 0.3%
Native American 67 0.2%
Two or More Races * <0.1%
Total 35,835 100.0%
Source: http://www.state.nj.us/education/data/enr/enr17/enr.zip
Interesting Fact: NPS serves more Black students and more Hispanic students than any other district in the state.

Family Income

Meal Subsidy Status Enrollment Percent of Total Enrollment
Free Lunch1 (Very low Income) 26,737 74.6%
Reduced-Price Lunch (Low Income) 1,728 4.8%
Paid Lunch (Income above the qualifying threshold) 7,370 20.6%
Total 35,835 100.0%
Source: http://www.state.nj.us/education/data/enr/enr17/enr.zip
Interesting Fact: NPS serves more students with low income than all other districts in the state of New Jersey.

Student Special Education Classifications

Disability Classification2 Enrollment Percent of Total Enrollment
Special Education 5,814 16.2%
General Education 30,135 83.8%
Total 35,949 100.0%
Source: October 15, 2016 SID snapshot downloaded from NJSMART.3

Student Language Proficiency Classifications

Language Classification Enrollment Percent of Total Enrollment
Limited English Proficient 4,221 11.8%
Not Limited English Proficient 31,614 88.2%
Total 35,835 100.0%
Source: http://www.state.nj.us/education/data/enr/enr17/enr.zip
Interesting Fact: NPS serves a higher proportion of students with a Limited English Proficient classification than 93% of districts in the state.

Staff (2015-16)

Worker Classification Number of Staff Percent of Staff
Teachers 2,733 51.5%
Service Workers 701 13.2%
Support Services 509 9.6%
Professional Staff 421 7.9%
Instructional Paraprofessionals 387 7.3%
Administrators 249 4.7%
Clerical – Secretarial 158 3.0%
Skilled Craftspersons 112 2.1%
Non-Instructional Paraprofessionals 31 0.6%
Technicians And Unskilled Laborers 10 0.2%
Total 5,311 100.0%
Source: http://www.state.nj.us/education/data/ncs/ncs16/stat_ncs.xlsx and http://www.state.nj.us/education/data/cs/cs16/cert.zip

PARCC:Percent Met and Exceeded Expectations (Spring 2017)

English Language Arts/Literacy Number of Valid Test Scores
Grades 3 – 8
32.5% 15,011
Grades 9 – 11
27.5% 5,875
Mathematics Number of Valid Test Scores
Grades 3 – 8
26.2% 15,393
Grades 9 – 11 5
12.8% 5,707
Source:http://www.state.nj.us/education/schools/achievement/index.html

1.Families qualify for free lunch if their income is less than 130% of the poverty level and qualify for reduced priced lunch if their income is less than 185% of the poverty level. For the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, 130 percent of the poverty level is $30,615 for a family of four; 185 percent is $43,568 (see http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/NSLPFactSheet.pdf)

2.Includes all special education classifications for active students as of Oct. 15, 2015.

3.Data for special education classification comes from a NJDOE source that is different than the other enrollment data in the District Summary

4. Data for the most recent year were not available. Counts of students, therefore, were not comparable to the other 2015-16 counts in the district summary, and were excluded.

5.Grades 9-11 math tests were Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.