NCCL School (Newark Center for Creative Learning)

Small Classes, Big Ideas.  Educating & Inspiring Children Since 1971.
NCCL is an independent, progressive elementary and middle school with an enrollment of 80 students, kindergarten through 8th grade.
Small multi-age classes are led by expert teachers (10:1 ratio). Graduates leave as creative problem-solvers prepared to thrive in our complex, 21st-Century world.Structured K-8 curriculum includes: mathematics, reading, writing, social studies, science, Spanish, music, art, physical education, and full recess for all ages.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1971

Student Body

Total Students83 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,888
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$2,773
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorLauren Evans


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Field Trips

Arts and Music Programs:
apprenticing, camping, Choir, computers, Drama, sewing

School Notes

  • We Emphasize: Guided, cooperative learning. Social and emotional skills such as inclusion, empathy, kindness and diversity. Connections across academics, such as math with history. Inquiry-based projects, short and long term. Positive discipline. Environmental sustainability. Our Philosophy is that children learn best when: They are actively involved. They use all of their senses to discuss, debate, explore, investigate, create, and gather their own information. They study subjects in depth rather than in broad overviews, bringing in information and concepts from related areas. They are interested in the topic, are challenged but not frustrated, and are having fun. Our Curriculum is designed to: Rely on non-competitive assessments, not standardized testing. Be child centered. Be age appropriate. Teach core concepts and skills, academic and social. Include open-ended learning experiences which have many solutions to one problem. Be integrated. Respond to children`s needs and interests.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
NCCL teachers are so loving and nurturing to our children and supportive to parents as well. I'm so grateful they are a part of our families' lives and a role model of compassion and positivity. Before we even had children, we knew we wanted a creative and compassionate environment for our children as they grew up. A place where their self-esteem and self-efficacy would bloom. We've found that and more at NCCL. It is such a wonderful community, and we are so appreciative to be a part of it!
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NCCL is a wonderful community! The importance of teamwork, social justice, independent thought, caring for the environment and treating others with respect and kindness are just a few of the amazing aspects of this school. The teachers and staff truly love their work (and the kids!), and it shows every day.
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NCCL is an amazing place. My children have learned so much from the smart, dedicated, kind, and wise teachers here. In the years my children have attended NCCL, they have grown to love learning of all sorts (from math to art to poetry to writing to science and history, and the list goes on) because all of these ways of understanding the world come together in NCCL`s classrooms. NCCL`s teachers know the children in their classrooms so well that they can connect each subject to the human beings in front of them.
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We are about to finish our first year at NCCL and are thrilled with the school. There is not enough room on this page to list out the strengths so I will state 3 that jump to mind:1) Passion of the teachers and students - this is a place where the student's passion (regardless of topic) is encouraged and developed in every way possible....and is matched by the passion of the teachers. My 1st grader spent the last several weeks researching a particular dinosaur (through books and her own internet searches), wrote a 12 page report accompanied by art work and, along with her classmates, produced a full dinosaur museum for the entire school and parents! My 3rd grader and his class did something similar on the topic of religions. The 5th/6th grade teacher dresses up and acts the part (never out of character) of a different type of government leader (monarchy, dictator, democratically elected, etc...) for an entire week. The 7th/8th grade teachers have an internship program for students on Friday afternoons at local Newark businesses. These are just a few of the experiences at NCCL. They not only keep the child's flame of curiosity burning but also provide valuable life skills. 2) Leadership of the students - kids, even at very early ages, are setup to value and demonstrate leadership. This occurs both in and out of the classroom including: ownership of classroom tasks (younger children), being the official buddy of a younger student and musical performances led by students.3) The whole is greater than the sum of its parts - the kids are grouped into 4 classes (K, 1st.....2nd, 3rd, 4th......5th, 6th.....and 7th, 8th) but their lessons and activities have a common theme that bring together the whole experience. Additionally, there is a true school community that is on display daily at recess, in the weekly all-school meeting or in such things as the full study body support and attendance at a city basketball championship game for a team that included several NCCL players.
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We LOVE NCCL! Our daughter is about to finish 1st grade and the progress she has made over the past two years is amazing. She is genuinely happy to go to school each day and loves her teachers and classmates. As parents, we love that the school focuses on developing the whole child - academically, socially and emotionally. At NCCL our daughter is exceling academically, and she is also learning other important skills like conflict resolution, empathy, self-confidence and leadership. NCCL truly is a gift and we are so grateful that our daughter can experience it.
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