District Summary

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

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 2,049 5.6%
K-8 24,491 67.8%
9-12 9,572 26.6%
Total Enrollment 36,112 100.0%

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 15,508 42.9%
Hispanic 17,060 47.2%
White 3,044 8.4%
Asian 344 <1%
Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander 72 <1%
Native American 81 <1%
Two or More Races * <1%
Total 36,112 100.0%
* Categories with fewer than 10 students are suppressed for privacy

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 26,569 73.6%
Reduced-Price Lunch 1,961 5.4%
Paid Lunch (Income above the qualifying threshold) 7,582 21.0%
Total 36,112 100.0%

Interesting Fact: NPS serves more students with low income than all other districts in the state of New Jersey.

Additional Demographics

Disability Classification Enrollment Percent of Total Enrollment
Special Education 5,969 16.6%
General Education 30,143 83.4%
Limited English Proficient 3,797 10.5
Total 36,112

PARCC: Percent Met and Exceeded Expectations (Spring 2018)

Subject Grades 3-8 Grades 9-11 Overall
English Language Arts 34.8% 32.7% 34.2%
Mathematics 26.4% 14.5% 23.1%

Additional Student Outcomes (2017-2018)

Measure
Average Daily Attendance 90.1%
Percent of Students who were Chronically Absent (missing 10% or more of school days) 33.4%
Four-Year Graduation Rate 75.7%

Interesting Fact: NPS serves a higher proportion of students with a Limited English Proficient classification than 93% of districts in the state.
  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.
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