Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal — New Jersey — June 8 - 21, 2012 — 9B



EWARK, NJ—Two new charter high schools, Newark Prep and Spirit The schools will occupy four floors totaling 60,000 s/f Two charter schools set to open at Berger Organization’s 200,000 s/f tower N tion, according to Reed.

vide our students with great opportunities for internships and mentoring in the career that interests them,” said Gary Wescott, a Newark Prep board member. Spirit Prep, open to Newark, East Orange and Irvington residents, is designed to fulfill the needs of an underserved population of music students. Students will reap the benefits of 570 Broad Street’s location within walking distance of several of New Jersey’s most culturally distinguished institu- tions, including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New- ark Museum, and radio station

WBGO Jazz 88. “So many kids want to learn a musical instrument, but seats in the music magnet schools are too few to serve all those who want the opportunity,” said Harold Wright, president of the Spirit Prep board of trustees. “We are a public high school op- tion dedicated to providing stu- dents with a first-class blended learning experience in a school environment that is permeated with music.” The schools will occupy the first four floors of 570 Broad Street, which is currently un- dergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation. ■

Newark Prep, whose en- rollment is open to students who reside in Newark, will mix traditional instruction with an interactive online learning program that meets students where they are and allows them to accelerate at their own pace. 570 Broad Street’s proximity to major transportation hubs Newark Penn Station, Broad St. Station and two light rail stops, makes the school easily accessible to students from all across the city. “Being in the heart of the business and transportation section of Newark will pro-

Prep, are slated to open in Sep- tember at 570 Broad Street, a newly renovated landmark in downtown Newark. Owned and managed by The Berger Orga- nization, the former First State National Bank is one of the most technologically advanced build- ings in Newark. The schools will occupy four floors total- ing 60,000 s/f in the 15-story, 200,000 s/f building. “We are very pleased to welcome these two schools to 570 Broad Street,” said Miles Berger, chairman and CEO of The Berger Organization. “Both schools provide invalu- able educational experiences to deserving students. Our ability to accommodate them is rewarding for everyone – their presence at 570 Broad Street significantly enhances the ten- ant roster while offering the students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to advance their studies in a downtown business environment.” Managed by K12, a national provider of online learning edu- cation, each school will combine rigorous college-prep and career readiness programs with an award-winning online learning curriculum and a unique focus to serve the needs of Newark area students. School founders believe implementation of this blended learning model will pro- vide a one-of-a-kind educational experience to every enrolled student seeking a direct path to college, careers, and real-world success. “K12 is excited to provide our high-quality curriculum and instructional services to Newark Prep and Spirit Prep,” said Darren Reed, vice presi- dent of blended schools at K12 Inc. “Through blended learn- ing, teachers and educators are finding new ways to better personalize instruction and help students engage, learn, and succeed.” Spirit Prep and Newark Prep are among a small number of charter high schools to populate the downtown Newark area. Currently, only North StarAcad- emy, Newark Collegiate Acad- emy and Visions Academy are open to rising ninth graders. The lack of alternative choices for Newark high school students is one of the main reasons why the schools’ founders collaborated to develop two schools — distinct in themes, but similar in innova-

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