Newark charter school breaks ground on new high school facility

By Naomi Nix | The Star-Ledger
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on September 09, 2014

Marion P. Thomas Charter School broke ground this week on a new high school facility. The building is expected to open for the 2015-2016 school year.


NEWARK — Two months after announcing it was merging with Visions Academy, Marion P. Thomas Charter School school broke ground this week on a new building for its high school.

The new facility, located at 125 Sussex Ave, will house grades 9th grade through 12th grade starting during the 2015- 2016 school year.

Currently the 9th and 10th graders and the 11 and 12th graders are being housed in two separate facilities located at 88-108 Shipman Street and 17-19 Crawford Street respectively.

The two independent charter schools joined forces in July, making history as the first charter school merger in New Jersey.

Under the merger, high school students will have an option to major in either performing or culinary arts.

To that end the new building will be equipped with a black box theater and culinary learning facility with dining space, which will be available for student activities and community events.

“This new building is the latest step we are taking to ensure that our students have the educational resources and environment to foster growth and learning throughout their academic careers," CEO Karen Thomas said in a statement.

"We are also committed to making this school a gathering place for the community, since we recognize and celebrate the impact that the Newark community has in raising every child who passes through our doors. "

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