As the fight over the “One Newark” reorganization plan for the city’s public schools continues unabated, an interesting pattern has emerged early as to where families want their children to go to school.

In the first round of applications opened up to Newark students, 12,000 families made their choices — from one to eight — and favored two of the city’s high-flying charter school networks as their top choices for elementary school.

The North Star Academy led the list, chosen first by almost a quarter of the 8,000 families making elementary school decisions. It was followed by the TEAM Academy Charter School, before the first district school — Ann Street — was listed.

But when it came to high schools, it was the district’s magnet schools and even a few of its comprehensive schools that led the list.


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