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 6 members.
Willard L Taylor Jr.
Director of Admission & Enrollment Management
Upsala College - B.A. Columbia University - M.Phil.
Will came to Newark Academy in 2005 as Associate Director of Admission and Director of Financial Aid and was named Director of Admission & Enrollment Management in 2007. Prior to coming to the Academy, Will worked for 16 years at his alma mater, Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair.
After completing his undergraduate studies at Upsala College with degrees in English Literature and Philosophy, Will pursued his graduate work in philosophy at Columbia University. During his career in education, Will has held many positions: Admission Director, Athletic Director, English and philosophy teacher. Will has worked to attract students to parochial and independent schools from throughout northern New Jersey since 1996 and has extensive experience in evaluating candidates from urban, suburban, independent and parochial school systems.
Will's daughter Jacqueline is a member of the Newark Academy Class of 2020.
Alex joined the Admission team in 2014 from the Peddie School, where she worked as Assistant Director of Admission. Prior to that, Alex worked in the admission office at Morristown-Beard School for five years. Raised in Honolulu, Alex is a product of an independent school, La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls, a graduate of Drew University with a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences, and a former college athlete. She will continue to share her insights on what this type of environment can provide, and how meaningful the experience can be. She currently coaches the JV girl's and boy's tennis teams. Additionally, she is the advisor to the Student Ambassador and Tour Guide Program.
Director of Financial Aid
New England School of Law - J.D. Susquehanna University - B.A.
Cindy became the Director of Financial Aid in July 2011 after having spent a number of years as a part-time Admissions Associate at Newark Academy. She will continue to enjoy interviewing prospective students and their parents this year. These two functions bring together a few of her passions: her love of children and her interest in facilitating affordable educational opportunities. Cindy was an attorney for several years, practicing in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She raised three children and is enjoying her new role as a grandmother.
College of William and Mary - B.A. Drew University - M. Lit
Lydia, now serving in the role of Admission Associate, formerly joined the admission team in 2007 as Director of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Admission, but she was not new to the Academy. She joined the Newark Academy faculty as a member of the Humanities Department in 1979 after graduating from the College of William and Mary in her native Virginia. Before having her children, she coached the girls tennis and basketball teams. After the birth of her second child in 1985, she took a six-year leave to care for her two daughters, Kelley and Sarah, and in her “spare time” earned a master's degree in humanities from Drew University. She returned to the NA community in 1991, teaching in both the Middle and Upper Schools.
Sylvia has been a part of the Newark Academy community since 2008, when her son Tommy entered 7th grade. She has an extensive background in customer service and support and has worked in multiple administrative support roles in the NA middle and upper schools. Sylvia joined the Admission team full time in 2013. She and husband Tom have been married since 1997. They have four children: Tommy ’14, Nicole, Matthew ’19 and Frankie.
Rose joined the Office of Admission in 2016. She has worked in the educational field since 2005 as an Administrative Assistant and Technology Coordinator, and brings with her extensive training in school safety and crisis management. When not working in the Office of Admission, Rose enjoys spending time on the Jersey Shore, taking long walks with Kurt, her husband, of 26 years and spending time with her three daughters: Christine, Nicole and Torre.
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.
Newark Academy will accept applications for admission from August 14 through December 12, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please visit our admission procedures for a description of our five-step application process.
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:
The 2016-17 tuition is $37,875. 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 the Durham Bus Company. Transportation costs range from $2,500-$3,000.
For families unable to attend an Information Session, half-hour, student-led tours are available by appointment. Please call the Admission Office for the schedule.
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.
Maintaining socio-economic diversity is a priority of the Academy. Our financial aid office distributes more than $2 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 three-step financial aid process.
Newark Academy provides door-to-door bus service for students living in Newark, Hillside, Irvington, Orange and East Orange at minimal cost to families.