TEAM Academy Middle School
Founded in 2002, TEAM Academy is our network's first school built on the premise that together, everyone achieves more.
- 97% African-American
- 2% latino
- 1% Other
Free & Reduced meals
- 74% free
- 12% reduced
- 13% paid
- 16% qualify for services
- 84% do not qualify for services
TEAM and Family
TEAM staff and students often treat each other like their own family and share experiences like celebrating birthdays, going camping, and hosting annual events like the Halloween Lock-In where students turn TEAM Academy into a haunted house.
From dressing up as historical figures from the Harlem renaissance to producing videos that help other students do well in class, students engage in activities that feel more like summer camp than school.
TEAM in Africa
Through a student-run program, a handful of TEAM students visit Kenya and Rwanda to deliver books that they've written as well as supplies to support the construction of new schools and libraries.
The TEAM Name
Together, Everyone Achieves More
Students enter TEAM Academy in a variety of places. They all leave on the path to college. Over 50% of our kids enter TEAM Academy below grade level. They typically leave with their peers across the state, not just in Newark.
PD and aligned curriculum
Teachers collaborate across middle school and high school
campuses to make sure every lesson aligns with a bigger picture. They also receive aligned
professional development from deans of instruction and school leaders.
5th grade reading – based on reading level
When students enter in fifth grade, they range from
emerging reader to eighth grade levels. We provide different accommodations for each, whether
they read completely independently, read with a teacher, or read along with an audio book.
• Small group intervention – All students receive guided reading, but we have small groups
Small group intervention
All students receive guided reading, but we have small groups
specifically designed to play catch up, building up skills that are missing.
Whole Child Development
At TEAM Academy, students learn one of their biggest lessons on the first day of summer school: everything is earned. Students start out earning their chair and uniform, but quickly move to earning a
seat on trips around the area, clubs and activities, and other perks for doing the right thing and meeting
expectations. Students continue to earn things throughout the year with the ultimate prize being a seat
on one of the four end-of-year trips: DC, Utah, California, or Puerto Rico.
Sample Trips and Activities
Stokes State Forest
New York Botanical Gardens
Jewish Heritage Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Liberty Science Center
Nice Words from Our Families
The teachers are always willing to help or reach out to you to let you know how your child is doing!!! A very positive environment!!
Monique Headen, TEAM Parent
Fantastic school and great education.
Georgette Thomas, TEAM Parent
I would have to say this school is exemplary, from the teachers work performance to their work ethics. TEAM Academy instructors teach their students to be leaders amongst their peers which their performance demonstrates that excellence.
Alexa, TEAM Parent
I love the school so far even though my son has been going there since this past August. It has helped him become even more responsible. He loves the school. He also knows what he is supposed to do the moment he walks in the door from school. I am very pleased.
Talika Barber, TEAM Parent