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Mission of The Gray Charter School


The Gray Charter School's mission is to provide its diverse student body the best possible education by focusing on the fundamental academic disciplines in an atmosphere that affirms academic acheivements, and in so doing, to offer the community true choice in public education.

In kindergarten through eighth grade, a solid foundation must be built for a lifetime of learning. We believe that committed and dedicated teachers can make every child an achiever. We believe in making the poor student good and good student superior. We will be molding students for the future by making today different.

The classroom is a workshop where all children find the opportunity to give might to their brains. Children will be encouraged to never let the bad conquer the good, thus enabling them with power to go through life with clear and uncluttered channels.


Brief History


The Gray Charter School commenced implementation in the 2000-2001 school year and recently completed its 15th year of operation.




The school employs an Executive Director/Principal, Assistant Director, 14 classroom teachers, three basic skills teachers, music teacher, physical eduction teacher, main office manager, business office manager, food services manager, two custodians, and a security officer.


Defining Attributes


There are three defining attributes of The Gray Chrater School:

  • Phonics-to-Music Program
  • Suzuki Violin Program
  • High Standards but Achievable Goals




The school is located at 55 Liberty Street, Newark, NJ 07102. The location is a four story building formerly utilized for Mayor Sharp James' youth training program.


Fast Facts

  • First Day of School: Second week of August each year
  • Last Scheduled Day of School: Second week of June each year
  • Max. enrollment (charter enforced): 365
  • Grades K-8 (two classes per grade)
  • Max. class size: 25
  • Student-to-Teacher Ratio = 12:1
  • School day: 7:30AM - 3:30PM (incl. 15 min. morning assembly - 7 3/4 hours instruction)
  • After-school tutorial program available from 3:30PM - 4:30PM

Approved District of Residency


The school's district of residence is Newark. Therefore, all children must be living in Newark, NJ in order to attend The Gray Charter School.


Organizational Affliation


The school is affliated with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, UMDNJ, Red Cross, NJIT, Rutgers University, Montclair University and Seton Hall University.