The Newark City Planning Board last night approved Uncommon Schools Newark and North Star Academy’s plan to build a charter school on a currently empty lot at 377 Washington Street.
“I was proud to stand with nearly 400 Newark families at City Hall last night who came to ensure their voices are heard. We thank the Newark City Planning Board members for approving the development of a public school building on a currently empty lot. We believe ALL Newark students deserve a high-quality education and are proud of the work that North Star Academy has been doing in Newark for the past 18 years to help make that happen,” said Juliana Worrell, Associate Managing Director, Uncommon Schools Newark and co-author of Great Habits, Great Readers.
Central Ward Resident and mother of five, Crystal Wortham said to the Planning Board: “North Star is a gem in this community, a school that competes world wide. My son has special needs and North Star meets all of his needs. His teachers make sure that there’s an action plan in place for him to be successful. Right now, 377 Washington Street is an empty lot, but it would mean so much more to students like my son who are loved at North Star every single day.”
North Star operates 11 schools in Newark and has plans (already approved by the New Jersey Department of Education in 2011) to grow to 14 schools. The building at 377 Washington will serve Newark public school students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.