The Newark Unified School District in partnership with the community will be a model of world-class education that develops the unique abilities of every student.
The Newark Unified School District will inspire and educate all students to achieve their full potential and be responsible, respectful and productive citizens.
About the Newark Unified School District:
The learning community of Newark Unified School District is committed to the academic success and social development of all students. Our mission is to empower students in becoming lifelong learners who possess the skills, ethics and creativity to reach their full potential as contributing, productive, responsible citizens. In partnership with the community, we provide an education that develops the unique abilities of every student.
Newark Unified School District was officially joined with Newark High School to create the new Newark Unified School District on July 1, 1964 by order of the Newark City Council. The district serves approximately 6,000 students and is currently comprised of eight elementary schools to include a TK program, one junior high school, one comprehensive high school, one continuation high school, and one independent study school, which, when combined with its preschool and adult education programs, provide a lifelong learning opportunity to all Newark Residents.
District Core Values
Academic Excellence and Equity for All Students
We are committed to identifying and eliminating barriers to educational achievement. To this end, we create policies and practices that are fair and just and provide educational opportunities to ensure that every student, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, disability, or economic status, meets our standards for achievement, participation, and growth. We emphasize high expectations for all students, and support them to reach their full potential in all aspects of achievement, especially in academics, arts, sports, social skills and civic participation.
Student Centered Learning
We value learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, and cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students. School, teachers, guidance counselors, and other educational specialists are encouraged to employ a wide variety of educational methods, from modifying assignments and instructional strategies in the classroom to entirely redesigning the ways in which students are grouped and taught in a school.
We value differences between people and acknowledge that these differences are a valued asset. Multicultural education, combined with understanding equity, is an important component of valuing diversity. It respects diversity while teaching all children and youth to become effective and participating members of a global society.
We believe a culture of innovation empowers children to realize they can change the world. Our community supports and values staying current on the latest thinking, trying new ways to reach students, and taking the initiative to develop and share best practices.
We take responsibility for all students and our individual and collective commitments; we grow from success; we learn from failure.
Teamwork and Partnerships
We believe that developing and refining a team concept throughout the district matters, we value the role of all employees, stakeholders and community partners in meeting the needs of all of our students.
• We will conduct ourselves with openness and candor in all aspects of our work.
• We seek feedback from all directions to achieve open communication and foster collaboration.
• We offer constructive feedback to others that is timely, specific, and descriptive.
• We are proactive in communicating outcomes up, down, and across the entire organization.