Our Mission

Our innovative model reengages young people via active participation in rigorous and relevant content and standards-driven, competency-based instruction aligned with emerging market demands.

Our Vision

LEAD Charter School is the most innovative, supportive and successful high school in Newark. It is designed to look, feel and operate radically differently from traditional high schools.

Our Philosophy

The LEAD philosophy is grounded in our partner agency Youth Build Newark’s (YBN) twelve years of experience in improving educational outcomes for off-track youth.

Our Model

The LEAD model is guided by the following principles:

  • An integrated combination of academic, nonacademic and community supports are imperative to OA/UC student success
  • Content and instruction must be rigorous and personalized to accelerate learning
  • High quality teachers and student services staff are essential to OA/UC student achievement
  • OA/UC students must be active drivers of their own learning
  • OA/UC students must be able to make connections between classroom instruction and real-world applications
  • OA/UC students must be afforded constant opportunities for leadership development.

Our Approach

Our approach to learning involves three primary components:

  1. A rigorous education program comprised of cross-curricular content that builds upon student assets, addresses their deficits, and accelerates learning. Knowledge gained in the classroom is supported by real-world applications via career and technical education (CTE), internships/apprenticeships, community service, and opportunities for leadership development.
  2. An approach to student supports based on effective case management practices and designed to empower students to solve their life challenges and emergent circumstances.
  3. A school culture that promotes a safe and nurturing learning environment, and recognizes student and staff success is grounded in the development and maintenance of within/cross-group relationships.


Families may apply to LEAD Charter School in two ways:

Completing an online application by clicking the link below.

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Families can visit either the Re-Engagement Center at 201 Bergen Street or Youth Build Newark at 571 Central Avenue to complete a paper application. The application period for 2017-2018 is now open.  Applications are being accepted until May 30th.


Learn more in person

Join us for an Information Session.

They are held every Wednesday at YouthBuild Newark located at 571 Central Avenue, 2nd Floor. The dates and times for each session are provided below.

Email Tia to reserve your spot at TJannah@YB-NJ.Org.


April 12 – 06:00PM
April 19 – 04:00PM
April 26 – 06:00PM
May 03 – 04:00PM
May 10 – 06:00PM
May 17 – 04:00PM
May 24 – 06:00PM
May 31 – 04:00PM

Have questions about enrolling at LEAD Charter School?Visit our Enrollment FAQ page.



Lead Charter School is currently looking for highly effective teachers of all core academic contents, social workers and advocate counselors. For full position details and to apply, click on the link below:


201 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ

For inquiries about LEAD Charter School,
please contact

Misha Simmonds
(973) 297-0592

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