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Admissions Policy

University Heights Charter School is open to all Newark students on a space available basis and does not discriminate in its admission policies or practices on the basis of intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, status as a handicapped person, proficiency in the English language, or any other basis that would be illegal if used by a charter school, either by policy or any other means.

The school is committed to serving all students, as demonstrated by its recruiting efforts and making application information and materials accessible to families. The lottery date is communicated to students and their parents/guardians in multiple ways: on the Newark Public Schools website; on the school website, through TV and Radio Commercials (PreK only); phone broadcasts; city wide school fairs; local school open house; flyers in student backpacks, and flyers at daycare sites and community agencies.

We participated in a US Department of Education and New Jersey Department of Education approved centralized weighted lottery system known as One Newark Enrolls. This lottery system provides preference for students with IEPs and students eligible for free lunch in the Newark Universal Enrollment System, in accordance with federal regulations.

The results speak for themselves. Our enrollment population is 100% minority, 87% low income, and 11% special education. Newark Public School analysis of district and charter school demographics indicates the make-up of the enrollment of University Heights Charter School demonstrates more need than the average district school and more need than most charter schools.