SPARK Academy Elementary School
KIPP New Jersey’s first elementary school prepares students to and through college from the day they start kindergarten.
- 96% African-American
- 2% latino
- 2% Other
Free & Reduced meals
- 72% free
- 15% reduced
- 13% paid
- 8% qualify for services
- 92% do not qualify for services
A student moves their name up on the STEP wall after reaching a new milestone.
Scholars come to SPARK Academy at many different levels. We test and test them and meticulously track their progress from kindergarten to college. It starts on the first day of summer school.
Students are tested throughout the year to make sure they are learning, so we don’t just rely on state tests to know if they are on-track.
STEP Literacy Assessment
We start testing our students as soon as they join us to make sure we meet their academic needs. STEP is designed to test early reading skills which helps get our kids on track from day one. Students watch their progress move across the step wall (above).
We collect hundreds of data points on each of our students throughout the year, and send them to you weekly to keep you informed of your students’ progress. As a staff, we use the same data to tell us what your student needs on a daily basis to get them on the path to and through college.
Developing the whole child
Students take classes on character education, build strong routines from kindergarten through fourth grade, and create systems to keep parents and students informed about their progress - both academic and behavioral.
Sample Trips and Activities
International Art Day
Kindergarten end of year beach trip
The Lion King on Broadway
Montclair Art Museum
Pumpkin patch trip
Nice Words from Our Families
The teachers are excellent, patient and loving to our kids. SPARK (as well as all [KIPP New Jersey] Schools) believe in preparing our kids for college as well as life.
Jennifer Scott, SPARK Parent
I admire and appreciate the high level of communication between staff and parents. More importantly, my child feels a sense of pride and responsibility with his work. GO SPARK!!!!
SPARK Academy is a beacon of light to those children seeking knowledge in Newark! The teachers are amazing and care deeply about their students.
I love the [KIPP New Jersey] experience. They have given my grandchildren and their classmates an excellent education!
Mr. Paden, SPARK Parent