Newark HS students begin taking credited classes at Rutgers-Newark
Published February 11, 2019 | Manny Faces
A newly-launched dual-enrollment initiative between Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences–Newark (SASN) and Newark Public Schools (NPS) begins this semester, offering nearly 40 high school students the opportunity to receive college credit for select courses.
Newark’s Board of Education approved the agreement in December 2018, as part of an increased focus on preparing the city’s high school students for college.
“The opportunity for our high school students to realize now that college is possible is embodied in dual enrollment,” said Superintendent Roger León. “This experience is beyond realizing that our students can complete college courses [but that they can] compete at the very highest levels.”
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Beginning this semester, students will take their classes on the Rutgers University-Newark campus, rather than in their high schools or online, providing added collegiate-level experience. Yellybeth Diaz, a student at Barringer High School who is taking an Introduction to Psychology course, said “Taking this class will give me a first-hand experience of what college life will be like…[and] will teach me how to be even more responsible academically and most importantly how to manage my time.”