District Summary

Newark Public Schools: District Summary (2017-2018)

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.

District Summary Data from 2016-17

Number of Schools

Number of Schools
Traditional Public Schools 62
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 2,147 5.9%
K-8 24,697 68.0%
9-12 9,501 26.1%
Total Enrollment 36,345 100.0%
Source: October 15, 2017 SID snapshot downloaded from NJSMART
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 15,721 43.3%
Hispanic 16,789 46.2%
White 2,779 7.6%
Asian 301 0.8%
Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander 66 0.2%
Native American 88 0.2%
Two or More Races 601 1.7%
Total 36,345 100.0%
Source:  October 15, 2017 SID snapshot downloaded from NJSMART
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) 28,407 78.2
Reduced-Price Lunch (Low Income) 2,217 6.1%
Paid Lunch (Income above the qualifying threshold) 5,721 15.7%
Total 36,345 100.0%
Source:  October 15, 2017 SID snapshot downloaded from NJSMART
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 5,939 16.3%
General Education 30,406 83.7%
Total 36,345 100.0%
Source: October 15, 2017 SID snapshot downloaded from NJSMART

Student Language Proficiency Classifications

Language Classification Enrollment Percent of Total Enrollment
Limited English Proficient 4,596 12.6%
Not Limited English Proficient 31,749 87.4%
Total 36,345 100.0%
Source: October 15, 2017 SID snapshot downloaded from NJSMART
Interesting Fact: NPS serves a higher proportion of students with a Limited English Proficient classification than 93% of districts in the state.

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 3
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, 2017.

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