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Lessons to fix Asbury Park Schools
written by Nicquel Terry of Asbury Park Press (April 21, 2014)
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Gov.-elect Chris Christie Visits Robert Treat Academy
North Ward News (November 9, 2009)

One day after winning New Jersey's gubernatorial contest, Chris Christie visited Robert Treat Academy, the Blue-Ribbon charter school founded by educator Stephen Nchristie_RTA_SL.jpg. Adubato. 
The governor-elect told 450 students who gathered in the auditorium that there was no other place he'd rather be than the school that he often mentioned on the campaign trail.
"As I traveled all around the state, campaigning for governor there was only one school I talked about more than any other school in New Jersey," Christie told the students. "I wanted for every child in the state, to get an education like all of you are getting."
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The public charter school operates 205 to 210 days a year, compared with the state-required 180.
Some grade levels devote Saturday hours to state testing preparation.Pallante calls the 11-month school year a "blessing for these urban school kids and their parents. We have kids from broken homes, drugs, parents incarcerated. We have everything."
More time is necessary for academic improvement, he says.
Robert Treat Academy boasted the highest test scores among New Jersey urban public schools in 2008, based on a test called the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge. The school was one of only eight nationwide declared "high-poverty, high-achieving" by the U.S. Department of Education.
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nj.com, (March 15, 2009)
Top Newark schools honored on floor of state Senate
rtasenatefloor.jpgThe Robert Treat Academy and the Harriet Tubman school were honored on the floor of the state Senate Monday with a resolution that recognized each for being named No-Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
Robert Treat, a K-8 charter school in Newark's North Ward, was named a Blue Ribbon school in 2008. Harriet Tubman, a pre-K-6 public school in the city's Central Ward, was named in 2007.
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NJ.com (Jan. 20, 2009)
Robert Treat students witness inauguration of Barack Obama
New Jersey Education Commissioner Lucille Davy joined 450 students at the Robert Treat Academy in Newark to witness history today: the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th president of the United States.
Students at the K-8 charter school were among the millions across the country and around the world to watch Obama become the country's first African-American president.

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New York Newsday (Jan. 17, 2009)
NJ set to celebrate Obama inauguration
From its largest cities to its smallest towns, New Jerseyans plan numerous events _ ranging from formal balls to community-wide viewing parties _ to mark a historic event that many never thought they would see: the inauguration of Barack Obama, the nation's first black president.
"When (Obama) puts his hand on the Bible and takes the oath of office, I want all our students to remember that moment," said Michael Pallante, principal of the Robert Treat Academy in Newark.

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WBGO FM 88.3, WBGO Journal (Jan. 16, 2009)
A charter school above others
Andrew Meyer has a profile of Newark’s Robert Treat Academy, one of just a handful of schools nationwide designated as a high-poverty, high-achieving school by the U.S. Department of Education.
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NJ.com (January 6, 2009)
Robert Treat Academy students participate in Three King's celebration
The North Ward Center continued its long-standing custom of celebrating "El Dia de los Reyes" with a festive noon-time gathering.
Known in English as "Three Kings Day," the traditional Latin-American celebration marks the biblical event when three kings bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh followed a star that led them to the Baby Jesus.
Guests of the North Ward Center were entertained by the Robert Treat Academy chorus, which sang "We Three Kings" and "Si Me Dan Pasteles." The three kings were portrayed by Alberto Echevarria, Donavin Matos and Nathan Hawley, three eighth grade students at the academy.

Read more...The Star-Ledger (Jan. 4, 2009)
Robert Treat saluted as a model school
In a city with struggling schools, the Robert Treat Academy in Newark is an oasis.
Its test scores are higher than any other K-8 school in the city. School days are longer, as is the school year, and students go on to attend the most prestigious secondary schools in America.
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NJ.com (Nov. 25, 2009)
Robert Treat students prove to be great debaters
Two students from the Robert Treat Academy charter school in Newark took first place in a debate sponsored by the Jersey Urban Debate League.
Bruce Berrios and Austin Medina, both sixth-graders, finished first among 42 other pairs in the beginner's division portion of the competition, held Nov. 15 at University High School.

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NJ.com (Nov. 22, 2008)
Robert Treat Academy students step up to help the needy
As part of their community service requirement, 49 seventh-graders from the Robert Treat Academy in Newark spent two hours Thursday morning volunteering at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
The students arrived at the food bank's cavernous warehouse in Hillside with 14- boxes stuffed with food that they had collected over the past several weeks at their school.