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About Applying

About Newark Enrolls (Universal Enrollment)

  • What is Newark Enrolls Universal Enrollment?
    Newark Enrolls Universal Enrollment 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 school for the first time (for Kindergarten or due to a recent move into the city) or 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 provides the best chance for your child to be matched to a seat in a KIPP New Jersey school.
  • Who is running the enrollment system?
    The Newark Public Schools Office of Student Enrollment manages the technology, school and 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.
  • If I want my child to stay in their current school, do I need to complete an application?
    No, you should not apply. If you apply through Universal Enrollment, you run the risk of losing the seat reserved for your child at his/her current school.
  • Which students must apply during Universal Enrollment?
    • All students entering Kindergarten.
    • All students who are new or returning to Newark (after attending school elsewhere).
    • Any student who would like to attend a new school.

    Students who wish to remain in their current school do not need to submit an application. Submitting an application for a school other than your current school may result in a new placement and loss of your child’s seat at their current school.

  • How do I apply to KIPP New Jersey?
    Families may:
    • Access the online application at when the application is open (December 4 – February 16);
    • Complete a paper application at any participating school and select community locations; or
    • Contact the KIPP New Jersey Enrollment team by phone/text at 973.750.8326 or email at
  • On the application, do I have to select eight schools?
    No. You should only select schools you would actually want your child to attend. If your first choice school is not available, your child will be assigned to the second. If neither your 1st nor your 2nd choice is available, they will be assigned to the third and so on. For this reason, it’s important you select more than one school if you really don’t want your child to attend their neighborhood zoned school, however, keep in mind that if you list a school on the application, there is a chance your child will be matched to that school and may have to attend.
  • What if I already have a child at a KIPP New Jersey school and want to enroll another child?
    You will need to complete an application for the child who is not currently enrolled in a KIPP New Jersey school. On the application, be sure to indicate your current KIPP New Jersey student’s name so the system recognizes the sibling relationship as the system will attempt to assign siblings to KIPP NJ. Note: KIPP New Jersey may give priority to siblings; however, this is subject to availability so it’s not possible to guarantee that siblings will be in the same KIPP NJ school.
  • How will students be matched to schools?
    After the application closes in February, 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 2018.
  • What if I already submitted a KIPP New Jersey Enrollment Application?
    The Universal Enrollment 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 2017-18 school year?
    You must apply again through Newark Enrolls starting December 2017 for the 2018-19 school year.

Deadlines and dates:

  • When is the deadline to apply for the 2018-19 school year?
    The Universal Enrollment application will be open from December 4, 2017 through February 16, 2018. Applications can be submitted at any time during this timeframe.
  • When will I find out if my child is accepted?
    Applicants receive results by mail and/or phone in April 2018.


  • How old does my child have to be to attend?
    To qualify for Kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year, your child must be five years old by October 1, 2018. 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.


  • Can I complete more than one application?
    No. Each child may only enter once. Any duplicate applications will be removed prior to the application processing.
  • If I have questions, what is the best way to get answers?
    We ask that you review the information on this page first and, if you still have a question, please contact us. If you require an immediate response, please call us at 973-622-0905 x11114. We are here to help!

About the Schools

About the Schools

  • What grades will be available for the 2017-18 school year?
    KIPP Life Academy: K-4
    KIPP Seek Academy: K-4
    KIPP THRIVE Academy: K-4
    KIPP SPARK Academy: K-4
    KIPP TEAM Academy: 5-8
    KIPP Rise Academy: 4-8
    KIPP BOLD Academy: 5-7
    KIPP 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). Our 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?
    Absolutely. We are proud that our schools and the Newark Public Schools have roughly the same percentage 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 call the school's main office for exact hours:
    • Life Academy:
      M, Tu, Th, F 7:30am-4:00pm | Wednesday: 7:30am-1:30pm + Select Saturdays
    • Seek Academy:
      M, Tu, Th, F 7:30am-4:30pm | Wednesday: 7:30am-1:30pm + Select Saturdays
    • THRIVE Academy:
      M, Tu, Th, F 7:30am-4:30pm | Wednesday: 7:30am-1:30pm + Select Saturdays
    • SPARK Academy:
      M, Tu, Th, F 7:30am-4:30pm | Wednesday: 7:30am-1:30pm + Select Saturdays
    • BOLD Academy:
      M, Tu, Th, F 7:30am-4:15pm | Wednesday: 7:30am-2:00pm + Select Saturdays
    • TEAM Academy:
      M, Tu, Th, F 7:25am-4:00pm | Wednesday: 7:25am-2:00pm + Select Saturdays
    • Rise Academy:
      M, Tu, Th, F 7:25am-4:00pm | Wednesday: 7:25am-2:00pm + Select Saturdays
    • Newark Collegiate Academy:
      M-F 7:55am - 4:15pm + Select Saturdays

  • Do you provide busing or transportation?
    We provide transportation only for eligible students in grades K-4 at our elementary schools. Eligible students include those who entered a KIPP New Jersey school during or prior to the 2016-17 school year who live more than 1.5 miles from their assigned school and received busing in the past. Siblings of these students are also eligible. 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 the school hours and schedules.
  • How many students are in each classroom?
    The number of students in each classroom varies depending on the campus, grade and/or subject. Some classes have 20 students and others may have 29; the average class has 24 students.
  • When is the first day of school?
    The first day of school may be different for each campus. Generally, the school year begins with summer school 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) if eligible for free or reduced price meals. This status is determined by an application submitted during registration in July.
  • Do students wear uniforms to school? Do I have to pay for them?
    Yes, all students are required to wear uniforms. Students are able to earn a free t-shirt at the beginning of the school year. 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. Our schools do begin in August for all students and that that does not align to district schools. Click here for this year's school calendars.