Now Accepting Applications!

North Star Academy is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year! To submit an application or learn more about tours and events for prospective parents, please visit us at We look forward to meeting you and your scholar, and hope to be a part of their journey to college!

North Star Academy’s New Building is Approved!

City Planning MeetingNorth Star Academy has been approved to build our next elementary, middle and high school at the former site of Newark’s Star Ledger! The approval came during a recent city-wide planning board meeting, where more than 400 North Star parents, scholars and even alumni addressed the 9 member board. Parents were passionate as they spoke to the board about the quality of education their children receive at North Star, and students lined up to tell the board about their own experiences. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2016, with completion planned for 2018.


North Star Parents Are Proud!

North_Star_Parent_Facebook_PostNorth Star parents know that now is the time for Newark families to apply for a high-quality education. As supporters of school choice, parents recognize the impact a great education can have on their child, their family and the community. We’re spreading the word and want all of Newark to have an opportunity for an award winning education – it will literally change their life. To learn more about North Star or submit your application today, visit

Happy Holidays from North Star!

Happy_Holidays_photoDecember is a time to reflect on all of the events, growth, and learning from the last 12 months. Whether it was a kindergartner’s first school performance, a 5th grade college tour or a high school junior taking the SAT, North Star scholars have made great strides in 2014. As we look to the holidays, we know that the learning doesn’t stop because we’re on vacation. Join us in reading that book you have on your list, or watching the latest TED talk.

We look forward to seeing you here in January, when our application for enrollment becomes available. We wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday. See you in 2015!


Welcome to North Star’s Blog!

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We’re excited you’re here and thrilled to share what is happening in our schools and with our scholars. Our goal with this blog is to help you learn more about what makes North Star work –  how we blend academic rigor, a strong focus on school culture and a lot of joy to lead many of Newark’s students to college. Thank you for joining us!

It is hard to believe that ten weeks ago, we began our 17th year in Newark. A lot has happened since 1997, when our founders James Verilli and Norman Atkins started a middle school with just 72 students. Today, we teach 3, 500 students across 10 schools in the “Brick City.”  From Kindergarten to 12th grade, we’ve worked hard to create an educational model that has led 100% of our high school seniors to graduate, and 100% of them to be accepted into 4 year colleges & universities – every year!

How we get to 100% is not magic, and it’s not a secret. It’s hard work. The kind of work that starts long before senior year.  Ten weeks ago, we welcomed many 5 year old’s to their first day of school, and the start of their path to college. Since then they’ve learned about letters, sounds and how they form words. They are now proudly creating sentences with “meatball” spaces between their words. Our middle school scholars have already taken a college tour and are strengthening their literacy skills by working on their Novel Project. High school scholars are preparing for the SAT and getting ready for the premiere of their fall play, Proof.

And so we say welcome to the blog. We look forward to keeping you updated, and informed about our school and how we’re helping Newark’s students get to college.