Application Available to Enroll Students in Summer Plus

Summer Plus ensures students will not lose valuable learning time during summer months; families have until May 1st to submit application

[Newark, NJ – April 6, 2016] – Families interested in having their child participate in Newark Public Schools’ (NPS) Summer Plus program must complete an application by Sunday, May 1st. Summer Plus is a free district-wide initiative to curb summer learning loss and provide enrichment experiences for students that will help advance their academics.

“We believe it is vital for students to be adequately prepared when they begin the school year in September,” said Superintendent Christopher Cerf. “Summer Plus ensures that students will not lose valuable learning time during the summer and will confidently walk into their classroom next year with the necessary tools for success.”

Summer Plus was developed by NPS’ curriculum experts to improve critical math and literacy skills and ensure that participants are prepared for the upcoming school year. It also includes enrichment experiences in arts, STEM, and health and fitness aligned to academics, so that summer learning is a fun and rich experience. Parents should be advised that space is limited and not all students may be accepted; accepted students will receive a confirmation letter in mid-May.

“We are proud to be able to offer additional opportunities for our students to continue their education outside of the regular school year,” said Sarah Cruz, Special Assistant of Extended Learning Time. “Students who participate in the Summer Plus program are better prepared for the next step in their education and feel more confident taking on new challenges in the classroom.”

In addition to Summer Plus, families have the opportunity to enroll their children in a number of programs offered by community organizations in Newark and greater New Jersey. In partnership with Newark Thrives! — a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve access to high-quality, out-of-school time opportunities for Newark youth — NPS is proud to announce the availability of an online catalogue of summer opportunities for students in grades PreK – 12. To learn more about this summer catalogue, please visit:

Below are important facts about Summer Plus for parents who are interested in enrolling their children in the program:

Summer Plus Program

Summer Plus is available to current Kindergarten – 7th grade students. All students MUST be Newark residents.

Summer Plus runs from July 11th – August 5th from 8:30am – 3:00pm, Mondays through Friday.
The Extended Day Option runs from 3:00pm – 6:00pm (limited space, transportation is not provided)

Students will be assigned to summer sites based on their current school. Transportation will be provided between some feeder sites and summer school sites, based on distance.

  • More information about transportation is available on the website provided below


  • Summer Plus is completely free
  • Limited space available
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided
  • English Plus is a program within Summer Plus for English Language Learners
    • English Plus students participate in bilingual or ESL academic programs in the morning and join Summer Plus activities in the afternoon
    • This program also runs from July 11th – August 5th

For complete details about NPS summer programs, please visit:

To apply for Summer Plus, please visit: