In Newark’s Central Ward, an underserved area with great cultural resources and city services, an open piece of land near New Jersey Institute of Technology and mass transit services presented a strategic, long-term opportunity for TEAM Charter Schools. The nonprofit organization is continuing to expand its presence in the city. TEAM’s Newark Collegiate Academy (NCA) is housed in a new state-of-the-art high school in a vibrant urban environment. The expansive site provides many opportunities for school activities and functions, including car and bus drop-off zones. Integrated in the heart of the community, the building also features two pedestrian-friendly facades.
The school offers students a plethora of in-house amenities many do not have in their current schools, such as a state-of-the-art athletic facility with four gym stations, a fitness center, and locker facilities. A welcoming lobby invites students, teachers and visitors into the building, which also has a separate evening entrance for public access to athletic facilities. With an information commons, theater classroom, and gym all on the first floor, NCA has become a place for the entire community gather for after-school programs, events and activities. The new facility also features daylighting throughout the spaces.