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Welcome to our high schools!

KIPP New Jersey’s high school programming is dedicated to fulfilling our promise to students to provide them with the tools and resources needed to live choice-filled lives. From day one, students are challenged inside and outside the classroom, from a large roster of Advanced Placement and honors classes, to varsity athletics and a variety of clubs for different student interests.

At all of our KIPP New Jersey high schools, students will have access to:

  • Advanced Placement Courses (or pre-AP for earlier grades) that will provide students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school
  • Access to rigorous summer pre-college programming opportunities
  • Career and College counseling beginning their junior year
  • High-quality, rigorous, and free ACT preparation beginning in ninth grade
  • Athletic teams who have competed and won at the district and state championship levels
  • Extra-curricular clubs and activities meant to help students find their passion and purpose


172

Teachers and Staff

2

Campuses

20+

Clubs and Afterschool Programs

3X

KIPP Alumni graduate college at 3X the rate of their peers

About KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy

About KIPP Newark Lab High School

129 Littleton Avenue
Newark, NJ 07103
Phone: 973-624-1622
Hours: 8:00AM – 3:48PM (M, T, Th, F)
8:00AM – 12:42PM (W)

Grades Served:
9-12
# of Students:
830

KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy (NCA) is our network’s first charter high school. It serves students from KIPP TEAM, KIPP Rise & KIPP BOLD Academies who have stepped up from middle school, as well as new-to-KIPP ninth graders who fill other open seats. Located in a state of the art building on Littleton Avenue, NCA offers a well-rounded educational experience, including Honors and AP course options, a Dual Enrollment Program with Howard University, varsity athletics and a variety of clubs that appeal to student interests.

NCA also offers many art electives in Visual Arts, Music, Choir, Dance and Drama. NCA provides students with introductory and advanced level courses. Our after-school programs offer choir, dance, drama, step, and visual arts. Students can participate and perform in school productions, competitions, and outside performances throughout the school year.

18 Norfolk Street
Newark, NJ 07103
Phone: 973-757-1501
Hours: 8:00AM–3:48PM (M, Tu, Th, F); 8:00AM–12:42PM (W)

Grades Served:
9-11 growing to 9-12
#of Students:
242

KIPP Newark Lab High School (NLHS) opened in 2019 as KIPP Newark’s second high school. It will eventually grow to educate  students in grades 9-12. NLHS serves students from KIPP middle schools (TEAM, Rise, and BOLD Academies) when they step up from 8th grade along with some new-to-KIPP students from other Newark schools. Located in the Central Ward near NJIT and Rutgers-Newark, NLHS offers a progressive, college preparatory educational experience, with a focus on project-based learning and design. Newark Lab offers a Dual Enrollment Program with Howard University and AP course options will grow as the school grows. Students have the opportunity to participate in clubs and sports at either NLHS or in conjunction with KIPP NCA.

“Design thinking” is a framework for solving problems. Beginning in 9th grade, students will enroll in a Design Elective, where they’ll learn some of the basic tenets of design thinking and engage in several design projects and challenges. Students will follow criteria like budget, size, or duration, map out the creation of a product, structure, or project, and then create! Be it documentary films, tiny houses, furniture, or functioning robots – all can be created using the techniques of design. Freshman will present projects to their peers and family at the Freshmen Design Fair. And, by the end of 12th grade, seniors will use their knowledge of design to present their Life Design, where they will describe to an invited audience their five-year plan from the end of high school.

  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Student Voice

Academics

Whether it’s honing the writing skills that help them critically examine complex texts, or learning about managing personal finance in a Financial Literacy elective, every student is encouraged to forge real-life connections with classroom learning. Colleges who review our students’ applications know that KIPP NJ high school students have competitive profiles as a result of their involvement with AP coursework.

  • Over 15 Advanced Placement offerings
  • College & Career Readiness courses
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Entrepreneurship

Athletics

KIPP NJ high schools offer a robust athletics program with 10 varsity programs and 10 interscholastic sports teams. Our student-athletes will develop the confidence, work ethic, and commitment necessary to flourish and lead in their communities. We encourage all of our students to join any type of afterschool program and receive experience in team-building. 

The NCA Panther Track and Field team has been very successful over the last 3 years and has accumulated medals in every level of competition and recently won its first State Sectional Championship. In 2021, the wrestling team was awarded the Super Essex County Division Champions. 

The 2021 NCA Boys soccer team were the SEC – Independence Division Champions and the Girls Volleyball team qualified for the Essex County Tournament for the 4th consecutive season.

As Newark Lab continues to grow we are also growing their sports programs with many teams at both schools already showing great promise! Students have the opportunity to participate in sports like track and field, football, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, boys and girls volleyball, and soccer, among many others.

College and Career Readiness

Our KIPP Forward college and career counseling team ensures our students engage in enriching summer programming, develop individual career plans, are fully prepared for the SAT college entrance exam, and go on to enroll in a college or career opportunity that meets their interests, abilities, and financial needs. Through our coursework and counseling, we have seen amazing results.

Student Voice

Our curriculum encourages students to think critically, develop claims, and debate ideas, and to always support opinions with evidence. Here, NCA students discuss Toni Morrison’s Beloved. The students covered questions that dealt with freedom, ownership, internal conflict, and slavery. April 2019


We know selecting the school that’s the best fit for your child can often be overwhelming. We’re available to answer any questions you may have each step of the way. Learn more.

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