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  • Click here to read a letter from Director of Admission, Will Taylor, and gain insight into how to select the right school.

    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 to figure out which one 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 discussions 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.

    • NA 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 as 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!
“At Newark Academy, our students and families are part of the community in every way… “

Meet the Staff

List of 7 members.

  • Willard Taylor Jr.  

    Director of Admission & Enrollment Management
    Upsala College - B.A.
    Columbia University - M.Phil.
  • Alexandra Holzman 

    Associate Director of Admission
    Drew University - B.A.
  • Alexis Sommers 

    Director of Financial Aid
    Trinity College - B.A.
    New York University - M.A.
  • Lydia Masterson 

    Admission Associate
    College of William and Mary - B.A.
    Drew University - M. Lit
  • Rose Borowsky 

    Admission Office Manager
  • Sylvia Ciccone 

    Administrative Assistant
  • Anita McKenna-Murphy 

The application for the 2019-20 school year will be available on August 14, 2018. For questions or more information, please contact Admission Office Manager, Rose Borowsky, at (973) 992-7000, ext. 323 or

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • What type of school is Newark Academy?

    Newark Academy is a co-educational independent day school for grades 6-12, located in Livingston, New Jersey. The admission office seeks to enroll students of great character and academic ability who will take full advantage of our rigorous academic curriculum and numerous extracurricular activities.
  • When should I apply to Newark Academy?

    Newark Academy will accept applications for admission from August 14 through December 10, 2018 for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please visit our admission procedures for a description of our five-step application process.
  • How many students attend Newark Academy?

    Newark Academy enrolls approximately 590 students per year. The average class size is 13 and there are no classes that have an enrollment of more than 18 students. The maximum enrollment breakdown is as follows:

    Grade 6 Enrollment: 53
    Grade 7 Enrollment: 58
    Grade 8 Enrollment: 64
    Grade 9 Enrollment: 110
    Grade 10 Enrollment: 103
    Grade 11 Enrollment: 101
    Grade 12 Enrollment: 102
  • How many applications does Newark Academy receive annually?

    Each year Newark Academy receives more than 600 applications for less than 100 available spaces.
  • What is the tuition at Newark Academy? What additional expenses should I expect?

    The 2018-19 tuition is $40,945. Additional costs which include, but are not limited to, books, annual lunch fee, and technology expenses, range from $1,500-$2,000. Door-to-door transportation is available to over 70 towns through a separate contract. Transportation costs range from $2,500-$3,000.
  • How can I visit Newark Academy?

    There are three ways to visit Newark Academy.
    1. Attend one of our Information Sessions.

    2. For families unable to attend an Information Session, half-hour, student-led tours are available by appointment. Please call the Alexandra Holzman, Associate Director of Admission, at (973) 992-7000 ext. 341 for the schedule.

    3. All applicants will visit for an interview with an admission associate, and their parents have the opportunity to meet with a member of the admission staff at that time. Space permitting, first-time applicants to the Middle or Upper School will be invited for a full day visit, which includes the student interview, as well as an opportunity to shadow a current student host to classes and lunch.
  • How can I afford a Newark Academy education?

    Maintaining socio-economic diversity is a priority of the Academy. Our financial aid office distributes more than $2.5 million each year in financial grants (money families do not have to pay back). In order to qualify for financial aid you must demonstrate need by completing our financial aid application process.

    Newark Academy provides door-to-door bus service for students living in Newark, Hillside, Irvington, Orange and East Orange at no cost to families.