Newark Public Schools Celebrates the Remarkable Achievements of the Class of 2024


Newark, NJ - Today, the Class of 2024 gathers in ceremonies across the District’s 15 high schools, to celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of 2,734 seniors. This year's ceremonies were particularly moving as they included the inaugural graduating class of the Newark School of Global Studies.

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The achievements of these seniors are nothing short of extraordinary. Among their accomplishments, over $165 million in scholarships for their higher education pursuits and over 178 students earned Associates Degrees by taking college courses while still in high school. This graduating class, over their four years of high school, collectively saved their families an impressive $14.2 million through college credit courses.

The diversity of their future paths is equally impressive. Many of these talented students will be attending prestigious Ivy League Universities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and state and private universities in record numbers. Others have chosen to enroll in Trade Schools, serve in the Military, or enter the workforce directly, and some as CEOs of their own businesses. The Class of 2024 in Newark reflects a wide array of ambitions and aspirations.

Academically, 509 seniors maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher throughout their four years of high school, demonstrating their dedication and commitment to excellence. In addition, 262 seniors were awarded the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy, showcasing proficiency in languages beyond English such as Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, and French.

Beyond academics, this class has also excelled in athletics, with 15 students recognized as NJISAA Scholar Athletes. Their achievements extend beyond the classroom, marking them as well-rounded individuals poised to make significant contributions to their communities and beyond.

"The Class of 2024 has set a new standard of excellence for Newark Public Schools," remarked Superintendent León.  "Their dedication, perseverance, and diverse accomplishments are a testament to their hard work and the support of their schools, families, and our communities. The world will be a much better place because of the children from the city of Newark."

Board President Council expressed immense pride, stating, "While I am proud of all our students, the Class of 2024 holds a special place in my heart. I have witnessed their journey from the beginning, having been a freshman board member when they entered 9th grade. Watching them achieve milestone after milestone has been rewarding, and I believe their best is yet to come. I can’t wait to see the bright futures they will create in the next chapter of their lives."

As these seniors embark on their next adventures, they leave behind a legacy of high achievement and inspiration that will resonate throughout Newark and beyond.

About Newark Public Schools

The Newark Public Schools is the largest school district in New Jersey and dates back to 1676.  The District currently enrolls over 39,000 students in 63 schools.  After more than two decades of state operation and upon return to local control in 2018, the District has opened nine new schools under Superintendent León’s leadership with an additional portfolio of new options to be announced in the coming months and years. The Newark Board of Education serves as a beacon of educational excellence, dedicated to nurturing the potential of every student. With a commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and fostering a love for learning, the District continues to shape future generations and make a positive impact within the community.

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