Ironbound Academy Elementary School Set to Open in September 2022


[November 19, 2021, Newark, NJ]  The Newark Board of Education is set to open a new school in September 2022. The new school, formerly Ironbound Catholic Academy, will now be known as Ironbound Academy Elementary School.  The school will open with grades Kindergarten through Fourth grades and grow one additional grade thereafter.  At the Ironbound Academy, students will be grounded with a strong foundation in the academic and social core in order to develop lasting intellect, character, spirit, and responsibility. Keeping in line with the district’s ten-year strategic plan, The Next Decade: 2020-30, this new school will provide another high-quality option to students.  Ironbound Academy Elementary School will also offer a rigorous STEM curriculum starting as early as Kindergarten.

Adding the ninth new school under his administration and in response to the surge in student enrollment of nearly 700 students, Superintendent León continues to deliver on his promise to the students and families of Newark by providing them with more options to guide their educational choice and values. “We are excited that we can implement strategies that give families more choices and in doing so, open schools with innovative programming,” stated Superintendent León.

“The opening of this new school will respond to a greater demand for district schools in our growing City,” said President Dawn Haynes.  She added, “Our parents want more options for their children, and we are doing just that.”

In addition to opening new schools, the district has expanded 6 elementary schools (Roberto Clemente, Elliott, Franklin, Harriet Tubman, Salome Urena, and South Street Schools), introduced 6 new STEM middle school programs with renovated science labs (Avon, Chancellor, Ivy, Lincoln, Mount Vernon, and Peshine elementary schools), and opened 3 new technology labs (Hawkins, Horton, and Hawthorne Avenue Schools).

Last year, the district opened 3 new schools; Newark School of Fashion & Design (Powered by Parsons), Newark School of Data Science & Information Technology steered by Microsoft, and the third Michelle Obama Elementary School in the United States.

The Newark Board of Education continues to strive in establishing and providing new and exciting opportunities for our students to succeed. Students are expected to excel within their individual programs, allowing them to dream and become the very best versions of themselves.

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