We are participating in the OneNewark Enrolls city-wide enrollment process.

  • Complete One Application for all district and charter schools
  • Receive One Match to a district or charter school
  • To maximize the chances of your acceptance to Merit Prep, rank us #1 on your application!
  • Applications are due February 28, 2014
  • Your school match will be announced in April 2014

   Visit the school to complete a paper application


Visit the School

To learn more, please call the school to schedule an appointment. Our main office numbers is (973) 642-4400.



We are currently serving students in Grade 6 and 7 and continue to maintain a waitlist and accept students throughout the spring. Waitlist numbers are assigned on a first come, first served basis with priority for residents of Newark. 
There is a limited amount of movement off the waitlist all year, so we encourage you to apply.  

The application is a quick form that you can complete online or mail in to us.

   Download a print application here.

Mail the form to: Merit Prep Newark, 909 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102





What is One Newark Enrolls? 

One Newark Enrolls is a system of choice where all families can access great schools for their children, regardless of the school’s status as district or charter. The system will be available to any family wishing to enroll their child in a new school for the upcoming year. Families may rank up to eight school choices – both district and charter – on a single application. They will then receive a single offer to attend the best possible school given their selections. Ranking Merit Prep as your #1 choice will increase your child’s chance of being offered a seat here.

How is this process different from what’s happened in the past? 

In the past, families had to navigate multiple applications, competing timelines, and dual processes during regular enrollment seasons. One Newark Enrolls streamlines this process by combining applications, timelines, and processes into a single system that all participating schools follow. Merit Prep will no longer operate its own application or lottery. The Newark Public Schools Office of Student Enrollment is managing the enrollment system. 

Which students will participate in this process? 

This process is open to all students who wish to apply to Kindergarten through 12th grade for the upcoming school year. Students who wish to remain in their current school do not need to submit an application.

How do I apply to Merit Prep?

Families may apply by completing a paper application or using the new Online Enrollment Center at https://newarkenrolls.force.com. The application will be open from January 6 to February 14. Families can pick up a copy of the paper application at any participating school or at a number of community locations, and can return the application to any school.

How will students be matched to schools? 

After the application closes, automated computer software will match each student with the best possible school based on the families’ choices and the policies of the enrollment system. This computer software is used in several other districts with centralized enrollment systems, and has been customized for Newark’s needs. Families and students will learn of their matches in April 2014.

What if I am already on the waitlist? 

We will continue to maintain a waitlist for the remainder of the current school year. For next year, the One Newark Enrolls system requires that you complete a new application.

When is the deadline to apply for the 2014-2015 school year? 

February 28, 2014

When will I find out if my child is accepted? 

Applicants receive results by mail and/or phone in April 2014.



What is Merit Prep Charter School? 

Merit Prep Charter School combines high quality teaching and innovative online learning to deliver a personalized education to all students.  Our schools ensure that all students are on grade level and well equipped to meet the challenges of college, work and life. Our goal is for 100% of our students to graduate from college.

What grades does Merit Prep serve? 

Merit Prep serves students who will be in grades 6 – 8 in the 2014-2015 school year.  For our current year waitlist, we serve grades 6 – 7.

When can I visit the school? 

Attend one of our two Open House events, January 16 or 29th from 5:30 -7:30pm. You may also schedule a visit during a school day, but please call in advance so we can ensure staff members are available to meet with you.

How much does it cost to apply or attend the school? 

There is no application fee or cost to attend. Merit Prep Charter School is a free, public school.

What are your school hours? How long is the school day? 

We haven’t finalized our calendar for 2014-2015. This year our students are in school on Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm. On Friday we dismiss students at 2:15pm, to allow our teachers time to prepare for instruction each week.

When is the first day of school? 

We have not yet finalized our 2014-2015 calendar. The first day of school is typically in mid-August. School ends in late June.

Do you provide busing or transportation? 

No, we do not provide busing. We do provide NJ Transit bus tickets to students who are eligible.

Do the students wear uniforms to school? Do I have to pay for them? 

Yes, all students are required to wear uniforms. You are required to buy a uniform shirt from our vendor, Flynn & O’Hara. We provided limited assistance for families who need it.

Do parents have to pay for lunch? 

Students may be eligible for free or reduced price breakfast and lunch. This status is determined during registration in June or July.

Do you serve students with IEPs? 

Yes, we welcome all students.


For all other questions, email us at info@meritprepschools.org or call 973-642-4400.