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SPARK Academy

Charter | K-4 | 520 students

We are best known for Rigorous college prep program.

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $109,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,270.

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Posted March 14, 2012

This school is so different from the others in the area. I admire and appreciate the high level of communication between staff and parents. I hope it continues at this level or gets even better as he progresses through school. More importantly my child feels a sense of pride and responsibility with his work. GO SPARK!!!!
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Posted February 1, 2011

She is in the 1st grade and performs on a 3rd grade level after the 1st trimester. All the while enjoying the learning process. The school is leaded by a dynamic, compassionate professional. She truly leads by example. If issues arise she personally follows through to completion. Parental involvement is not only required but offered in abundance. Suffice it say, at Spark Academy one gets a private school educational experience that really should be offered to every child. We just adore it, make great concessions to maintain it and look forward to the day when our daughter graduates college and gives back to the entity the helped to ensure her success!
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Posted October 17, 2010

SPARK Academy is a beacon of light to those children seeking knowledge in Newark! The teachers are amazing and care deeply about their students.

Posted April 8, 2010

I love this school...My daughter loves school. She is in Kindergarden and is doing very well...I am amazed of high the teachers and the principals energey is all day.
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 4:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Joanna Belcher
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day


Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
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  • Parents are extensively involved at spark academy and considered an essential partner in their child's education. - parents have the cell phone numbers of all spark teachers and the principal and are encouraged to call as much as needed. - daily updates are sent home with students updating the parents on what they learned that day. - weekly progress reports are provided to parents. - monthly family nights bring the whole spark community together for fun and activities.
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Newark, NJ 07102
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