Answers Updated on September 2015

About Applying

About One Newark Enrolls:
  • What is One Newark Enrolls?

    One Newark Enrolls is a system of choice where all families can access great schools for their children, regardless of the school’s status as district or charter. The system will be available to any family wishing to enroll their child in a new school for the upcoming year. Families may rank up to eight school choices — both district and charter — on a single application. They will then receive a single offer to attend the best possible school given their selections. Ranking KIPP New Jersey as your #1 choice will increase your child’s chance of being offered a seat a KIPP New Jersey school.

  • Who is running the enrollment system?

    The Newark Public Schools Office of Student Enrollment manages the technology, school communications and training, parent communications, and student-school matching for the enrollment system. For example, Newark Public Schools developed the Online Enrollment Center, leads parent focus groups, coordinates school fairs, trains school staff, and runs the matching software. KIPP New Jersey participates in this centralized process and no longer operates its own application or lottery.

  • How is this process different from what’s happened in the past?

    In the past, families had to navigate multiple applications, competing timelines, and dual processes during regular enrollment seasons. One Newark Enrolls streamlines this process by combining applications, timelines, and processes into a single system that all participating schools follow.

  • Which students will participate in this process?

    This process is open to all students who wish to apply to Kindergarten through 12th grade at KIPP New Jersey for the upcoming school year. Students who wish to remain in their current school do not need to submit an application.

  • How do I apply to KIPP New Jersey?

    Families may apply by completing a paper application or using the new Online Enrollment Center at The application for the 2016-2017 school year will open in December 2015. During this time, families can pick up a copy of the paper application at any participating school or at a number of community locations, and can return the application to any school.

  • How will students be matched to schools?

    After the application closes, automated computer software will match each student with the best possible school based on the family’s choices and the policies of the enrollment system. This computer software is used in several other districts with centralized enrollment systems and has been customized for Newark’s needs. Families and students will learn of their matches in late Spring of 2016.

  • What if I already submitted a KIPP New Jersey Enrollment Application?

    The One Newark Enrolls system requires that you complete a new application even if you have applied to our schools in the past.

  • What if my child is on the waitlist for the 2015-2016 school year?

    If your child is not contacted this year, you must apply again using the One Newark Enrolls system which opens in December 2015 if you would like to be considered for the 2016-2017 school year.

Deadlines and dates:
  • When is the deadline to apply for the 2016-2017 school year?

    The deadline has not yet been published by Newark Public Schools, but it will be in early 2016 (likely January or February).

  • When will I find out if my child is accepted?

    Applicants receive results by mail and/or phone in April 2016.

  • How old does my child have to be to attend?

    To qualify for kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year, your child must be five years old by October 1, 2016. There are no exceptions.

  • How much does it cost to apply or attend the school?

    There is no application fee or cost to attend. KIPP New Jersey schools are free, public schools.

  • If I have questions, what is the best way to get answers?

    We ask that you review the information on this page before contacting us. If you still have a question, please contact us. If you require an immediate response, please call us at 973-622-0905 x1114. Remember, we are here to help!

  • Can I complete more than one application?

    No. Each child may only enter once. Any duplicate applications will be removed prior to the lottery.

About the Schools

  • What grades will be available for the 2016-2017 school year?

    Life Academy (new): K-4
    Seek Academy: K-3
    THRIVE Academy: K-4
    SPARK Acadmey: K-4
    TEAM Academy: 5-8
    Rise Academy: 5-8
    BOLD Academy: 5-6
    Newark Collegiate Academy: 9-12

  • What is KIPP New Jersey?

    KIPP New Jersey is a growing network of public schools in Newark and Camden, New Jersey. KIPP New Jersey is part of the nationally recognized KIPP Schools (Knowledge is Power Program). Out students are in school longer, with days until 4:30pm and Saturday and summer school sessions. We serve roughly the same demographics as each of our neighboring schools and over 80% of KIPP New Jersey alumni are now in college. Read more about KIPP New Jersey here »

  • Do you take students with special needs and/or those who have an IEP?

    Yes! We are proud to serve a large population of students with special needs.

  • What are your school hours? How long is the school day?

    Each campus has its own hours. Please be mindful that these hours are subject to change, so please call the school's main office for exact hours:

    THRIVE Academy: M-Th 7:30am-4:30pm | Fridays: 7:30am-2:30pm + Select Saturdays
    SPARK Academy: M-Th 7:30am-4:30pm | Fridays: 7:30am-2:30pm + Select Saturdays
    TEAM Academy: M-Th 7:25am-4:15pm | Fridays: 7:25am-3:00pm + Select Saturdays
    Rise Academy: M-Th 7:25am-4:15pm | Fridays: 7:25am-3:00pm + Select Saturdays
    Newark Collegiate Academy: M-F 8:00am - 4:15pm + Select Saturdays

  • Do you provide busing or transportation?

    We provide busing for eligible students in grades K-4 (eligibility is based on distance from school). Busing availability may change and cannot be guaranteed. For grades 5-12, we provide NJ Transit bus tickets to students who are eligible.

  • Where are the schools located?

    Please click here for addresses, a map, and contact information.

  • When can I visit the school?

    You may visit the school any day that the school is open. Please call the school in advance of your visit to confirm hours and schedules.

  • How many students are in each classroom?

    The number of students in each classroom will vary depending on the campus, grade and/or subject. Some classes have 20 students and others may have 29; the average class has 24.

  • When is the first day of school?

    The first day of school may be different for each campus. Generally, the school year begins in August. Please do not schedule any vacations or summer camp in August so that your child does not miss school. Summer school is part of the regular school year and is mandatory for all students.

  • Do parents have to pay for lunch?

    Students may receive breakfast and/or lunch (and an afternoon snack). Students may be eligible for free or reduced lunch. This status is determined during registration in June or July.

  • Do the students wear uniforms to school? Do I have to pay for them?

    Yes, all students are required to wear uniforms. Students will be provided with one t-shirt free of charge once they earn it. Families may purchase additional shirts throughout the school year. Uniforms are sold by Flynn & O'Hara School Uniforms.

  • How can I contact the school?

    Please click here for addresses, a map and contact information.

  • What is the school calendar?

    We try to follow the same schedule as Newark Public Schools. School begins in August and is mandatory for all students to attend. Click here for this year's school calendars »