"…emboldening students to harness their own power to shape their futures and the world."

Pride Academy

Policies & Reports

School Policies

At Pride Academy Charter School we live by a set of policies designed to support our high expectations for behavior and academic standards.

Student Code of Conduct

An introduction to our philosophy, policies, and procedures is given in our Student Code of Conduct. We hope that this guide will answer many of your question about Pride Academy.

Please read this handbook completely and discuss it with your Pride Academy students. It is intended to help you understand how we operate, the commitments we make, and the expectations that we have for our students. It is important that your child be familiar with our philosophy, adhere to our core values, and follow the code of conduct to be successful in school. We also hope that this guide will help you to support and reinforce our expectations at home.
Read the Code of Conduct…


Pride Academy expects pupils and staff to treat others with civility and respect. A safe and civil environment in school is essential for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Harassment, intimidation, and bullying like other disruptive or violent behaviors, interfere with pupils’ ability to learn, the school’s ability to educate, and employees’ ability to work in an environment where all are safe and feel welcome.

The Pride Academy Student Code of Conduct and our Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy prohibit such acts.

Our Anti-Bullying Specialist and Coordinator is:

Ms Robin Brower
973 672-3200 extension 203

Please contact her for any additional information or assistance at any time.

If you are a student victim, a witness, or the parent or guardian of a student victim and wish to report an incident of alleged harassment, intimidation or bullying, complete a Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Report and return it to the school Anti-Bullying Specialist.
Read our harassment policy…

In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, our school completed the 2016-2017 Self-Assessment for Determining Grades.

Under the Commissioner’s Program for Determining Grades, the school grade is a raw score of data and the sum of the ratings for all indicators within each core element on the School Self-Assessment. The maximum total score for a school is 78 points. Pride Academy scored 78 out of 78 points for the 2016-2017 school year indicating a high level of compliance with all the Anti-Bullying bill of Rights requirements.

Promotion and Graduation Requirements

To ensure that students at Pride Academy meet the required benchmarks of learning in their current grade, are prepared to take on the academic challenges of the next grade and be successful, the administration and faculty have developed a set of promotion and graduation standards. Please review them carefully with your child.
Read our graduation requirements…

COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Plan

Pride Academy has implemented a COVID-19 emergency preparedness plan designed to service and support all of our students as equitably as possible given the range of different circumstances represented in our community.
Read our preparedness plan…

Wellness Policy

Pride Academy supports and encourages practices that promote the health and wellness of all members of our school community.
Read our wellness policy…

Computer and Internet Use Policy

Pride Academy believes that the use of technology and computer-assisted communications is vital to our students’ success. Preserving access to computers and the Internet is a community effort that requires each student, parent, and teacher to act responsibly and guard against abuses. Therefore, both the school community as a whole and each user have an obligation to abide by our standards of acceptable and ethical computer and internet use. Please read and review these policies.
Read our computer and internet use policy…

Title IX

Pride Academy Charter School does not permit harassment or discrimination of any type. Ms. Brower, Dean of Students, is our designated Title IX Coordinator. She administers all aspects of Federal Title IX compliance and serves as the primary contact for conducting investigations into alleged sexual discrimination, sexual assault and sexual harassment for individuals attempting to access the educational programs of Pride Academy Charter School.

Please report any concerns regarding allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or gender-based discrimination to Ms. Brower at 973.672.3200, extension 203.

You may also report concerns anonymously by mailing a statement detailing the allegation to Robin S. Brower, Title IX Coordinator, Pride Academy Charter School.

Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity

PRIDE Academy Charter School adheres to the laws and regulations set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:7- 1.8; Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972; N.J.S.A. 10:5, and Equal Pay Act 1973, and is committed to ensuring equality in Educational, Employment, and Contract Practices for all persons, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status.

The following staff member has been appointed our Affirmative Action Officer and designated to handle inquiries regrading our non-discrimination policies:

Ms Robin Brower

She can be reached at:

117 Elmwood Avenue
(between Shepard Ave & Madonna Place)
East Orange, New Jersey 07018
Phone: 973-672-3200
Fax: 973-672-3207

Gender Identity and Expression Policy

Pride Academy believes that a school culture that supports student achievement, respects the values of all students and fosters understanding of gender identity and expression within the school community is a safe learning environment. New Jersey law and school policy require that all programs, activities, and employment practices be free from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Therefore, in keeping with these mandates, Pride Academy is committed to creating a safe learning environment for all students and to ensuring that every student has equal access to all school programs and
Read our gender identity and expression policy…

Technology Plan

Pride Academy has produced a Technology Plan for the period from 2010 to 2013. The plan describes how technology will be used to inspire and sustain learning and improve student academic achievement at Pride.

Anti-Bullying Reports

Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, the State Department of Education requires that districts complete a HIB Self Assessment and post the resulting grade to the district website.

Read More…

Lead Testing Results

In April 2016, in response to reports in the media about high lead levels in the drinking water at
some local schools in Newark, we took samples of water from all our drinking stations, sent them
away for lab testing , and received passing results. The conclusion of the report states:

“All of the tested parameters meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Primary
(health-related) Drinking Water Standards maximum contaminant level goals for human
consumption, as well as the FHA/HUD general established statutes for maximum
contaminant levels for water potability.”