Excellence by Design
Harriet Tubman National Blue Ribbon School, built in 1875, is a Pre-K—8 school located in the Central Ward of Newark. Our goal is to provide students with a competitive education in preparation for a global society. The mission of this school is to provide children with a quality education, and to ensure that all students become lifelong learners who are caring, productive and responsible citizens. Harriet Tubman Blue Ribbon School has been recognized by the Newark Public Schools for its consistent academic achievement. This accomplishment is a result of our persistent commitment to high expectations; academic excellence and the data-based instructional rigor provided by Highly Qualified Teachers and sustained parental involvement.
Harriet Tubman School enjoys a local, state and national reputation for educational innovation and academic excellence. In 1993, the school was awarded the prestigious Redbook Award as the best elementary school in the state of New Jersey. During the 2003-2004 school year, our Pre-K and one of our first grade classes received recognition as model classrooms for the Children’s Literacy Initiative Program. Our school motto, “Excellence by Design,” was validated by our 2003-2004; 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 standardized test scores (New Jersey Assessment of Skills & Knowledge). Harriet Tubman School has received the distinguished honor of being awarded the 2007 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon. As reported by Newark Public Schools, Harriet Tubman ranked among only eleven Newark schools achieving Adequate Yearly Progress as required by the federal mandate No Child Left Behind. Just recently, Harriet Tubman received the 2008 National Excellence in Urban Education Award from the National Center for Urban School Transformation. Harriet Tubman was the only school in New Jersey to receive this award that school year.
The Mission of Harriet Tubman School is to provide children with a quality education and to ensure that all students become lifelong learners who are caring, productive and responsible citizens.
Harriet Tubman School will be recognized as a school of excellence characterized by a relentless commitment to high expectations; academic rigor, data driven instruction and sustained parental involvement.