About Universal Enrollment

 

 

Fast Facts about Universal Enrollment

  1. How many students sought a new school placement through the enrollment process last year?
    • Last year, 2,433 students sought a new school through the enrollment process.
    • Of the 2,433 students, 1,939 (80%) are from district schools and 494 (20%) are from charter schools.
  1. How many families overall participated in the enrollment process last year?
    • In total, 10,995 Newark students participated in the process
      • 1,462 rising Pre-Kindergarteners
      • 2,820 rising Kindergarteners
      • 2,852 rising 9th graders
      • 448 students from other transition grades
      • 2,433 students who currently have a school, but are seeking a new school
      • 980 students who are new to Newark and do not have a school yet
  1. How many families get into their top choice? Or any of their top 3 choices?
    • Last year, 80% of Kindergarten families got their first choice last year. 93% of Kindergarten families got one of their top 3 choices.
    • For 9th graders – 44% got their first choice. This is because the majority of families (67%) apply to a magnet school as their first choice and there are not enough magnet seats for all of the students who apply to them.  77% of 9th graders got a top 3 choice.
  1. How many schools are matched with all students that list it as their first choice?
    • Last year, 30 elementary schools (61% of elementary schools) were matched with all Kindergarten applicants who listed them first during the application period.
    • 6 high schools (26% of high schools) were matched with all 9th grade applicants who listed them first during the application period.
  2. How many families choose to go to a school in their neighborhood and how many choose to go somewhere else?
  • Last year, 41% of families applying for Kindergarten ranked a neighborhood school first.
  • Of the other 59%:
    • 15% of Kindergarten families list an NPS school outside of their neighborhood first.
    • 44% of Kindergarten families list a charter school first.
  1. Do family choices differ by neighborhood?
  • Family choices differed widely by neighborhood last year.
  • In the East Ward, 95% of Kindergarten families ranked a district school first. In the North Ward, 75% of Kindergarten families ranked a district school first. 
  • However, in the West, Central, and South Wards, approximately 70% of Kindergarten families ranked a charter school first.
  1. I heard there were students outside of my neighborhood that got a seat in a school that I wanted. How does the neighborhood preference work? 
    • The neighborhood preference applies to PK-8th grade schools only.
    • Seats in these schools are prioritized for siblings first and then all remaining seats (100%) are prioritized for students who live in the neighborhood.
      • This is a change in policy from 2015-2016, when 85% of seats in PK-8 schools were prioritized for neighborhood children.
    • This change in policy to the neighborhood preference will ensure that students who live in the neighborhood have an absolute preference to be matched to a neighborhood school, before any non-siblings who do not live in the neighborhood.
      • Last year, 10 Kindergarten students who ranked a school within their neighborhood first were not matched to that school as a result of a non-sibling outside of their neighborhood getting matched due to a better random number.
      • With the change to 100% geographic preference, this will no longer occur.
  1. What is the academic profile of the typical student matched to each magnet school?
  • The academic profile of the typical 9th grade applicant matched to each magnet school differs by school.
  • Below represents the profile for the median student admitted into each magnet during the 2015-2016 process. Please note the data below is illustrative and does not guarantee that an applicant with a similar academic profile will be admitted into the magnet school for the 2017-2018 school year.

Magnet School

Math Grade

ELA

Grade

PARCC Math

Level

PARCC ELA

Level

Additional criteria

American History

B-

B-

3

3

 

Arts High School

C+

B-

3

3

Strong audition

Bard Early College

B

B

3

4

Strong writing sample

Science Park

A-

A-

4

4

 

Technology

B+

B

4

4

 

University

B-

B-

3

3