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K12 Executive Chairman Nate Davis shares commencement remarks to the excited graduates. Photo courtesy of Chris Alvarez

Donned in red and white, graduates turned their tassels at Newark Prep Charter School’s first-ever graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 22nd. Of the 103 graduates, 96 completed their entire high school journey at Newark Prep, which opened four years ago.

K12 Executive Chairman Nate Davis shared commencement remarks, leveraging inspiring personal anecdotes to remind the Class of 2016 about the advantage they have being educating within a blended learning environment.

“You have skills many others don’t have – using technology to help you learn. You know how to do independent study. You are well-prepared for what employers and colleges look for.”

Newark Prep began with just 150 students and a dozen staff members. Now, the school delivers blended learning, combining online classes with in-person instruction, to over 400 students, and is supported by 60 dedicated staff members.

Among the graduates, Brianna Amos, Class of 2016 Valedictorian, who will attend Rutgers University in the fall.

“I didn’t just find a school at Newark Prep,” Brianna said. “I found a family and a safe place where I can be myself and learn freely without the pressures I felt at my other school.”

Among Newark Prep’s 2016 graduating class, 32 students will attend four-year colleges, 25 will attend two-year colleges, and five with serve in the armed forces.

Newark Prep will continue to empower graduates with its new Career Technical Education (CTE) program, providing students valuable hands-on experience in their desired career fields.

Congratulations, Class of 2016! We know you will continue to make history.

Members of the Class of 2016 are full of anticipation as they await their diplomas. Photo courtesy of Chris Alvarez

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