Great Oaks Charter School

Great Oaks Charter School is an open-admission, tuition-free middle and high school in Newark, NJ. Great Oaks opened in the Fall of 2011 with the explicit mission to change the dismal odds that Newark students have of obtaining a college degree.

Our mission is to prepare our students to succeed in college. We do this by providing students with a rigorous curriculum, a small, close-knit learning environment, a No Excuses school culture, and two hours of individualized instruction built into the regular school day.

Great Oaks Charter School’s approach is distinctive in several key ways:

• Small, tight-knit school environment
• High expectations/No Excuses school culture
• An extended school day and more time spent on task
• Highly effective teaching staff and commitment to professional development
• A full time Tutor Corps that provides two hours of individualized instruction to students daily

For the 2014-2015 school year, Great Oaks will serve grades 6-10. We will add a grade each year, reaching a full-scale enrollment of less than 500 students in Grades 6 to 12. Our first cohort of students will graduate from our high school in 2017 and from college in 2021.