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Philip's Academy Charter School

Charter | PK-8 | 357 students

Providing a moral and rigorous education to a diverse student body

 

Living in Newark

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $130,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,140.

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted December 10, 2013

Excellent! I absolutely love the environment. Academics and food are of the highest quality. My son is blossoming academically and socially, he is placed in enrichment groups to challenge him more. We are now in a dilemma while we want to move out of Essex County due to high property taxes we don't want to move our son from this school. It's worth the sacrifice. You have to be involved if you want to get everything out of this wonderful opportunity. Any negative reviews are those who chose not to adjust or be involved in the school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2013

My school is the best. I've been there since kindergarden and i love the school. they treat me like family and they love me as much as my family does. the school is a wonderful community.It's the best school in newark,nj. You should go here. ps. if you want to come here you have to be a role model and focused to get into this school. care about your effort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted December 28, 2012

This is the best school I have EVER attended. I came here in the Upper School and am now an eighth grader. When I first came to SPA, it was a social and academic adjustment. I had trouble making friends. However, I have grown so much. I have many friends now. I have become more outgoing due to the great community here at SPA. We have an advisory group where we talk and play games. We do community service with the younger kids, and all of the grades hang out. At my old school, I was ignored by my teachers. Here, the small enviroment has allowed me to find my academic potential. The teachers are always willing to stay for extra time, especially Mrs. Ito and Mr. Eichmann. The Chromebooks given to us eighth graders have been an extreme help. I am able to hand in work on time and collaborate with my peers. The lunch may not be that great, but I d rather go to a school with healthy lunch, great academics, advanced technology, and a great community than my old school, where the lunch was awesome, but there were various cliques and unhelpful teachers. Signed, a current student sad to leave SPA.


Posted December 16, 2011

All my children are enrolled in the school and I am extremely satisfied with the attention they receive by their teachers and the high quality of academic rigor. The food program is incredible as it is healthier and more delicious than the food I prepare at home sometimes. Parents are expected to be involved and that is a big plus. The teachers are all extremely dedicated to their students and provide a lot of individual attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2011

This school is outstanding. I've never seen anything like it, they adapt each lesson for different styles of learning and incorporate technology into the classroom in innovative ways. There is such a nice balance of technology and caring for the environment, these kids are going to be very well balanced!!!


Posted October 28, 2010

This school is terrible. I hate it. I have been in this school for four years and I absolutely hate it along with my fellow eighth graders. There is so much unnesscerary drama and the lunch is disgusting. I even found a hair in my soup. Adding to that, you can't do what you want to do at recess. They only have a few games that most of the kids don't even want to play. Sure, the teachers are really helpful, but this school is a no. Do not send your child to a school where they will be talked about, lied to, and sad. Do not attend this school!


Posted April 19, 2010

Small class size, the teachers and adminstrators love their students, the education is that of a high cost independent school, made available to students in newark. Our students graduate and go onto the top independent and boarding schools in the country, and on to the top colleges and universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

It's not always about the academics. So far I am happy with my choice as my daughter is in kindergarten. I love the cultural exposure, Green activities, and the community volunteering. Although I do want my daughter to excel academically, I do want her to be aware of the world. St. Philip's strives to do that. And yes, she did forget her spoon for her snack and the teacher did not have one in the class. Recently when I forgot and even when she did have one, the teacher provided a spoon (see 8/18/08 review). As with anyplace you have to give and take.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2009

I have my second child attending the school and must say that I love the school. Every year the school curriculum gets more intensive, vigorous, challenging and fun. The school is very responsive to students' and parents' interest and concerns. St. Philips is continuously striving to be a benchmark for independent private schools and making great progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

I currently have two children attending SPA , one is entering sixth and the other is entering eighth in fall '08 and it is a wonderful learning environment. I have watch my children grow and excel since they left St. Rose of Lima in Newark, NJ. The staff is very supportive but we as parents need to volunteer some of our time towards helping out within the school. The Parent Organization could use more help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

The St. Philips' facilities are excellent, the core faculty generally appears to be good and caring, my child appears to be learning the 3 R's but it has not been a cake walk. If your child has a learning difference they don't appear to know how to deal with it, even if its a very smart child. The administration fails to answer calls in a timely fashion, is disorganized, especially where extracurricular activities are concerned, worse yet they often talk down to parents with concerns or just ignore you, finally there is too much turnover in staff! In a city where the education system is in disarray, it is a great place for safe learning but don't expect much more. Hopefully, the school's ills are only a sign of a school in transition. With some extra effort at responsiveness it could be a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2008

Horrible school. Simple things like giving my son (k) a spoon or fork when we forgot to pack his were routine. There's also a since of clicks present its who you know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2008

My child has attended SPA for the past four years and loves the school and her peers. The environment is safe and the faculty and administration have always been supportive. Unfortunately, a large majority of parents are not involved in the Parent Organization. The offering of Latin is a plus, yet the academic challenge to students could be greater. The addition of the dramatic arts, music (instrumentation) and dance would be a plus. Overall, SPA offers a quality education to children who want to learn and prepares them for success in high school and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2008

Saint Philip's Academy has an excellent academic program. The new building is impressive and the children are well behaved.I credit the institution with my childs acceptance into some of the finest boarding schools in the country as well as receiving generous scholarships from these institutions. I would certainly recommend this school to any parent that is serious about the education of their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2006

This is a great school to go too!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2005

The quality of education at SPA is excellent. My child is a former Catholic School (PreK-6th grade) student from Our Lady Of Lourdes in West Orange, NJ, where the discipline there was non-existent. I have watch my child flourish at SPA and has become more interested in her education since becoming a student at SPA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2004

Would strongly disagree with published negative remarks here. I have had my children at SPA for several years and have found it far exceeds all public schools of choice as well as any and all charter schools. The staff is young but committed to each and every child; the curriculum, while it suffers from some holes and coverage (esp. I think in reading) is challenging and effective and speaks to the children with a high measure of excitement about learning. While the school does have some problems (specif. size of building and grounds, some difficulties in curriculum focus) SPA is a class act and a tuition bargain given all that it has to offer. I see the difference esp. in the teachers, who offer individual attention to my kids. What's that worth to you? SPA is a diamond in the making, and will soon far exceed other private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2004

The school lacks educational structure. Children are not worked to their abilities. Too much time is spent on reviewing the prior years lessons and discipline. The extracurricular activites are not supported by the staff. The turn over in teachers is too high to maintain the students and their educational improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian 52% 8%
Black 48% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 20%
Two or more races 0% 1%
White 0% 52%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Japanese
Russian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Television/Radio News

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • Debate
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15am
School end time
  • 3:30pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mark Shultz
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Debate
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Television/Radio News
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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1 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
59
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
945

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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$0 - $0
Vouchers accepted
Yes

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342 Central Ave
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