Though we’re proud of our heritage, Newark Academy has never been beholden to our past. We have a long history of looking forward—always adapting to uphold our mission.
Our Middle School program was designed with the needs of early adolescents in mind. Exploration-focused courses allow students to learn by doing. Given an unprecedented amount of freedom, students live up to expectations, recognizing that they are ultimately responsible for their own education.
Our Upper School focuses on three priorities: providing an engaging, friendly, and ethical environment, offering the highest quality college preparatory program, and instilling the values and skills needed for a happy and successful adult life. A global focus ensures that our graduates will thrive in any environment.
The NA faculty represents a diverse range of experiences and expertise, but they all share a love of teaching bright, motivated students. They aren’t just master teachers—they’re lifelong mentors and friends.
Arts Department Chair Elaine Brodie explains the value of the arts in education: “The arts cultivate emotional intelligence—the ability to listen deeply, to have empathy, to view the world in new ways, to articulate thoughts. We seize and celebrate the power of the arts to shape our children’s intellect and character.”
The athletic department strives to create a community of student-athletes who see competition as a complement to their academic studies, form relationships across grade levels, and develop leadership skills, resiliency, and a lifelong love of healthy competition. Our top-notch athletic facilities, which have been called the jewel of the region, contribute to a fun, sports festival-like atmosphere on campus.
NA was the first, and remains one of the few, schools in New Jersey authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. The IB program is a rigorous college preparatory sequence that emphasizes scholarship, intellectual inquiry and international understanding. Students may opt to pursue an IB diploma or take individual IB courses. Like AP tests, IB exams can lead to advanced placement or course credit in college.
The Immersion Program requires all Upper School students to engage in cultural or environmental exploration through a multi-week immersion experience or a 10-day wilderness experience. These experiences lead to an appreciation of diverse cultures, peoples, and perspectives. Currently, there are nine programs for extended off-campus study in six states and four countries.
Technology is an integral part of learning at NA, but never at the expense of face-to-face interaction among students and their teachers. We embrace tools that foster collaboration and creativity. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive projector and all students have their own laptops.
Though community service is a graduation requirement, most NA students far exceed the number of hours needed. The Community Service Council, clubs and organizations, and all-school projects offer many opportunities suited to all different interests, from removing over 300 pounds of trash from the Passaic River to musical performances at retirement communities. Some students even choose to incorporate service into their Senior Project.