By the end of the century the city of Newark kept growing by the influx of new immigrants, mostly Italians families coming from an impoverished Italian nation, looking to cover the raising demand for cheap labor. The increasing number of children forced the city to start building new schools. At the beginning of the century, Sussex Avenue School was erected as well as Abington Avenue School, and Bergen Street School.
Sussex Avenue School was enlarged for the first time in 1904. New additions were completed in 1955.
Sussex Avenue School empowers students to ASPIRE: Achievement, Social Responsibility and Self-Reliance, Perseverance, Integrity, Respect, and Excellence.
At Sussex Avenue School, highly effective teachers and school staff ensure that children are prepared for lifelong education and social participation. We, as a school community, nurture students as they aspire to achieve, become socially responsible and self-reliant, persevere, and act with integrity, respect, and excellence. Every adult takes responsibility to ensure that each student reaches his full academic, social, and personal potential. We encourage and challenge students to take risks and be creative in an intellectually safe environment. We focus on mathematics because through mathematics, children develop logical and critical thinking skills, recognize and make use of relationships, and creatively solve problems. These skills are generalizable and transferable to nearly every academic and social undertaking, and will serve our students well in their journey toward self-actualization.