The Saturday Academy

Eligibility Guidelines


The Saturday Academy is a learning community open to high school students from the Greater Newark area. The programís purpose is several-fold:

  • Prepares 11th and 12th grade students for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • Prepares Spring Semester 12th grade students for the College Placement Exam
  • Focuses on students bettering their Critical Thinking skills in mathematics and in reading
  • Assists students in Essay Writing and bettering their Vocabulary
  • Offers workshops in Financial Aid, Time Management, College Choice and Career Choice
  • History

    The Saturday Academy opened its doors at Rutgers University-Newark in 1983. In the intervening years, over 4,000 students have enrolled in the program.


    The Academy provides an academic experience within a college setting. Between October and May, students are given opportunities to strengthen academic skills necessary for success in college.

    The program’s faculty believe that each student enrolled has the ability to share ideas a member of a learning community committed to respecting the ‘whole student’. This means that the program goes beyond helping students to improve their test-taking skills; it is a conduit for assisting the individual student in identifying and refining personal behaviors that foster future success college.


    The curriculum, spread over a period of 20 Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters consists of:

  • Mathematical Functions
  • Essay Writing
  • Vocabulary activities
  • Critical Reading
  • 3 Practice SAT Tests or College Placement Review Tests (grade appropriate)
  • Eligibility Guidelines

    Applicants must:
  • Attend public high schools in either Newark, Irvington, or East Orange (Grade 11 or 12)
  • Be in good academic standing (B average or better) in Mathematics, Language Arts, and Science, or with demonstrated potential
  • Have approval of guidance counselors and parents or guardians
  • In order for students to be considered enrolled within the program, they must submit:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Copy of last report card
  • Contact Information

      Rutgers University-Newark
      Institute For Pre-College Education and Community Outreach
      Academic Foundations Center
      110 Warren Street
      Bradley Hall, 1st Floor
      Newark, New Jersey 07102-1814
      Phone: (973) 353-3577
      Fax:     (973)353-5700

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