District Information

The Newark School District, with 66 schools, 5,877 employees and a student population of 35,329, 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 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.

 Last Updated: December 2019

DemographicsNumber of Students
African-American16,467
Asian272
White2,758
Hispanic15,672
Native American64
Pacific Islander92
2 or More Races4
Total35,329

 

GenderNumber of Students
Male18,249
Female17,080
Total35,329

 

Population by GradesNumber of Students
Primary (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 4)15,412
Middle School (Grade 5 – 8)9,404
High School (Grade 9 – 12)7,785
Special Needs Students (Ungraded)2,728
Total35,329

 

Definitions:

  • PK-12 Schools include NPS district schools serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, as well as schools serving students with special needs  (i.e. John F. Kennedy, Bruce Street, & NJ Regional Day).
  • Alternative education schools include Fast Track, Newark Bridges HS, Newark Leadership Academy, Newark Innovation Academy, & Newark Evening HS.
  • Students served outside of the district (OOD) are not included in the data.