South Ward Community Schools

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South Ward Community Schools are Newark Public Schools that unite educators, families, and community partners to be responsible for five schools:

  • B.R.I.C.K. Avon Academy
  • B.R.I.C.K. Peshine Academy
  • Belmont Runyon
  • Louise A. Spencer
  • Malcolm X Shabazz

Community schools transform schools by focusing on the results that happen when there is intentional participation and collaboration from school and community leaders, educators, community partners, students, families, and residents. Each community school has high academic expectations of kids. South Ward Community Schools will provide the extra supports and programs all along the way to address the basic physical, mental, and health needs of young people. The vision and mission of each community school will be shaped by the voices of families, students, and residents so that each school authentically reflects the specific needs of its local community.

Parents, residents, students and school administrators at each school will also determine how to budget and allocate resources to support their stated vision. South Ward Community Schools are beginning community planning in anticipation of the fall 2016 school year. This process is more than asking for feedback from the community. Continued action is required. Community schools succeed when there is partnership and input from parents, families, students, and residents all along the way.

Participant in planning your community school

South Ward Community Schools are beginning community planning in anticipation of the fall 2016 school year. This process is more than just asking for feedback from the community. Your continued action is required. Our community schools will succeed when there is partnership and input from parents, families, students, and residents all along the way.

Upcoming community school planning sessions:

  • Please join Louise A. Spencer School’s CommUNITY School Partners Vision Day MAY 20, from 9-11 AM.
    As you may know, Louise A. Spencer has been selected to participate in the South Ward Community Schools Initiative, with Kids Corp as the lead partner agency coordinating the school’s transition to a community school. We envision new arts, music, literacy, STEM, mentoring, health, financial, family and parent programs coordinated around the neighborhood’s needs and the students’ success!

Click here to Register.


Enroll Your Student

There are still seats at South Ward Community Schools!

You can enroll your student for the fall 2016 by going to the Family Support Center located at 301 West Kinney Street.

100% of all South Ward students who expressed a preference for a Community School during the universal enrollment process were placed at a Community School.