Reprinted from The Catholic Advocate, 6/3/04
In the Archdiocese of Newark, five types of elementary and secondary schools— parish, private or Religious community owned, regional, incorporated, and cosponsored—contribute to the teaching mission of the Church. Although each type of school has its own specific organization and purpose, all cooperate with the Office of the Superintendent of Schools in implementing general policies related to the teaching mission of the Catholic School.
Here is a brief synopsis of each type of school:
The parish elementary or secondary school is conducted and financed under the direct auspices of a parish in the Archdiocese of Newark. The parish establishes a local school advisory board to recommend to the pastor, through the principal, policies that will assist in advancing the educational mission of the parish school.
Private or Religious community-owned school—elementary or secondary—is established by and accountable to a local board of trustees and/or a Religious community. It operates within the Archdiocese with the permission of the Archbishop. In educational matters, the private or Religious community owned school cooperates with the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.
Regional Secondary School
The regional high school is established by the Archdiocese of Newark and is directed by a principal or president. It is directly accountable to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools in both educational and fiscal matters.
An incorporated school—elementary or secondary—is incorporated as an independent entity. It is directed by a board of trustees as defined in the governing documents of the corporation. By directive of the Archbishop, a representative of the Office of the Superintendent serves on the board of trustees of each incorporated school.
Co-sponsored schools are parish schools that are sponsored by one or more other parishes in addition to the “host” parish. The co-sponsors share in the governance and fiscal support of the sponsored school by means of a contract agreed upon by the pastors involved and filed with the Office of the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese.