Saturday Academy

The Saturday Academy

Eligibility Guidelines


The Saturday Academy is a learning community open to high school students from the Greater Newark area. The program’s 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


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