Dear M.E.T.S. Parents and Guardians,
Yesterday at our monthly Board of Trustees meeting, our board reviewed the current climate at our Newark campus, located at 909 Broad Street. After very careful consideration and with the best intentions of each of our students the decision was made by the board to work with Newark Public Schools to have our 9th and 10th grade students placed within the school district and discontinue our 9th and 10th grades here at our Broad Street location. Additionally, the decision was made to close the Newark location of M.E.T.S. Charter School at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year.
This decision was an extremely difficult one, as the faculty and staff at M.E.T.S. cares deeply about each of our students and their success both in school and in the future beyond high school. The M.E.T.S. Newark campus cannot in good conscience say that it is currently equipped to provide the highest level of education to the number of students currently enrolled. High school is such a vital time in a young person’s life, and it would be a detriment to our students to not find a truly appropriate placement for them.
We remain committed to our 11th grade cohort and want to ensure you that they receive an outstanding educational opportunity through the end of this school year that will keep you on-track to graduate next year. While we will no longer be able to keep the Newark campus open past June, we will work with M.E.T.S Jersey City and Newark Public Schools to determine the best placement for their senior year. Next week, we will hold parent meetings to detail the school’s plan for our juniors and make ourselves available to answer any questions you may have about their remaining academic tenure with us. We will send out additional information about the meeting time as soon as it is available to us.
Should you have any questions or concerns prior to the information session, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Interim Lead Administrator
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