ABOUTLEAD Charter School - where young people find connection.

Our Model

The LEAD model is guided by the following principles:

  1. An integrated combination of academic, nonacademic and community supports are imperative to OA/UC student success.
  2. Content and instruction must be rigorous and personalized to accelerate learning.
  3. High quality teachers and student services staff are essential to OA/UC student achievement.
  4. OA/UC students must be active drivers of their own learning.
  5. OA/UC students must be able to make connections between classroom instruction and real-world applications.
  6. 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.

Our Mission

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

Our Philosophy

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

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.

201 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ

For inquiries about LEAD Charter School, please email
or call 862-772-1724


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