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We are lucky to live in an area of the country that is home to some of the finest educational institutions: public, parochial and independent. The options are numerous and strong; navigating those choices can be intimidating. As you explore your options, please be mindful of a few key points:
- Most of the schools you are considering will be able to provide you with a top-flight academic experience. The trick is figuring out which will provide the experience you are seeking! At Newark Academy, we understand that content alone is not the “be all, end all”. Understanding the content, being able to develop content-driven opinions and ideas, and having meaningful intellectual discussion about those ideas are the differences between academic and intellectual excellence. At NA, the classroom experience is an ongoing conversation examining the ideas presented in texts and class discussions. The focus for the NA student is to become a strong critical thinker, writer and reader who asks the follow-up question to the content: What does this have to do with me?
- You will find “bells and whistles” at many of the schools you consider. You will tour beautiful campuses, hear about exciting travel opportunities, and watch talented athletes, musicians, actors and artists perform. There will be seemingly endless lists of clubs and ways to get involved as long as your arm. Don’t miss the forest for the trees. Your next school should “feel right” for you. Pay attention to the people. How do they interact? How do the teachers and students communicate with each other? Do you feel welcome? Are these the types of people with whom you could see yourself for the next four, five, maybe even seven years? At Newark Academy, our students and families are a part of the community in every way and the school you choose should feel like home to you.
- Admission Officers are here to help you. There is no such thing as a silly question. Given the number of schools you might be considering, you need to be as clear as possible about what stands out for you about each of them. At Newark Academy, we encourage you to email, call and ask, ask, ask. The school you select will be home for the next few years and you want to know as much as you can before you make such a big decision. You wouldn’t buy a new suit or dress without trying it on, would you? To that end, you should not choose your next school without visiting as many times as permitted. Newark Academy has multiple Information Sessions during the year where prospective students and their parents can meet and speak with administrators, students and current NA families to become as familiar as possible with all aspects of NA life.
It’s not as daunting a process at it may appear at the outset. Aim to have a clear idea of what you’re hoping for in your next school and then look for it. If you don’t see it, ask the people who are there. At Newark Academy, we look forward to working through the process with you and answering your questions about our community!