The Newark Academy Mission

Newark Academy will contribute to the world engaged individuals instilled with a passion for learning, a standard of excellence, and a generosity of spirit.

Our History

Newark Academy was founded in 1774 by the cleric Alexander MacWhorter, a friend and advisor to George Washington. In fact, the Academy’s sympathies to our fledgling nation brought the wrath of the British who marched across the frozen Hudson River and burned the original building to the ground! Not to be deterred, the school rebuilt, flourished, and continued to emphasize its motto: Ad Lumen (Toward Enlightenment). From its beginning, Newark Academy was a unique college preparatory school in that it opened its doors to students from every conceivable background, offered courses in trade and business skills, and even opened a division for young women for a time.

After residing in three separate locations in Newark, the Academy moved to its present 68-acre location in Livingston in 1964. Newark Academy became fully coeducational in 1972. Over the years, the Academy’s footprint has grown—additions such as the Hawkes Memorial Library, the McGraw Arts Center, the Simon Family Field House, the Carol Heaney Nature Trail, the Upper School Academic Center and the new Middle School facility have provided remarkable resources for the entire Newark Academy community.
Today, Newark Academy continues to move forward, building its endowment to sustain the school’s mission in perpetuity and planning strategically for further facility and program growth. But even as Newark Academy expands and develops as an institution, the vision of the school’s founders remains intact: Newark Academy is an inclusive community composed of an exceptional faculty dedicated to encouraging a global perspective that empowers students to develop depth of character, innovative thinking, and commitment to service.


Newark Academy is established in Newark, New Jersey.

Newark Academy is burned down by a raiding party of British troops.

The new Academy building is erected on Broad Street in Newark.

Newark Academy moves to First Street in Newark.

Newark Academy moves to its 68-acre campus in Livingston, New Jersey.

The first class of girls is admitted.

The International Baccalaureate degree is added to the NA curriculum.

The Elizabeth McGraw Arts Wing is completed.

The Simon Family Field House is added to the campus.

Opening of the Upper School Academic Center.

The first graduating class to complete the Immersion Experience Requirement.

Newark Academy Trustees break ground to expand Middle School.

Completion of the Outdoor Athletic Project (new turf fields, lighting, bleachers and concession facility)


The new 22,000 square-foot Middle School building opened.