The Newark Charter School Fund (NCSF) will hold its first Newark Public Elementary and Middle School Options Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Great Oaks Charter School on the Burnet Street School Campus, 21 Eagles St.
The fair is free and open to all Newark families, students and community members. Refreshments will be served. All Newark public elementary and middle schools have been invited to participate, including both charter and traditional public schools.
“This fair is designed to provide an opportunity for Newark school children and their families to explore their public school options,” said Newark Charter School Fund CEO Mashea Ashton. “We want to make sure every family in Newark is aware of their options and the openings that exist at public schools across the city.”
Free parking will be available directly across Eagles Street from the school, at Rutgers Lot 509A.
Parents will be able to apply to the charter school of their choice on site, although space may be limited. Children may be placed into a lottery if their school of choice has more applicants than seats available and placed on a waiting list if an open seat is not available.
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that are governed by a board of trustees independent of the local school district. Though they follow state testing, graduation and health and safety requirements, charter schools are free to innovate. Many of Newark’s charter schools have longer school days, longer school years and Saturday instruction as well as after school enrichment programs.
Ashton emphasized that charter schools are open to all students, including those with special education needs and those who are English-language learners.
“At the fair, families and students will learn how each school will meet their needs and about the programs and services offered,” said Ashton.
More information about the fair and the NCSF can be found at ncsfund.org.