Our School

  • Marion P. Thomas Charter School (MPTCS) is the largest independently-operated free public charter school in Newark, NJ. MPTCS was established in 1999 by a group of individuals who were born and raised in Newark and wanted to provide the best possible educational experience for the next generation of Newarkers. The school is one of a few  Black-led charter schools in Newark, reflecting both its student population and the community it serves. Since 1999, MPTCS has grown from four classrooms to three campuses and now serves 1,300 students from Pre-K3 through the 12th grade.

    All New Jersey charter schools are open to local residents on a   
    space-available basis. MPTCS participates in the Newark Enrolls universal enrollment system.

Our Mission

  • The mission of Marion P. Thomas Charter School is to build culturally rich, transformative educational spaces that cultivate successful, lifelong innovators who use their passions, character, and intellect to better themselves, the greater Newark community, and the world beyond.

Our Motto

  • It Takes A Village To Raise A Child 

From Crayons to College

  • MPTCS offers a seamless educational experience from “crayons to college and career,” giving Newark  residents  the opportunity to stay within one school system for their entire public educational career from prekindergarten to 12th grade


Our Locations

  • STEAM Academy (PreK - 8th Grade) 370 S. 7th St., Newark, NJ
    PAC Academy  (PreK- 8th Grade) 28 Burnet St. Newark, NJ
    MPTC High School of Culinary & Performing Arts (9th - 12th Grade) 125 Sussex Ave., Newark, NJ