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Charter Schools

Opening a Charter School in NJ

Application Cycles

NJDOE currently runs two application cycles for prospective charter schools. In the March round, applications are due on March 31 and decisions are made by September 30 for schools that may open the following fall. In the October round (expedited), applications are due on October 15, and application decisions are made by February 15 for schools that may open in the fall of the same year. The October round is only for proven operators that have demonstrated a track record of success.

Preparedness Process

After initial application approval, in order for the schools to open, they must first complete a "preparedness review" through NJDOE. This review determines whether schools have the academic and operational components to ensure successful academic programs, equitability, financial viability and organization soundness. After a review of the applicants' submission of this information in June of the year the school intends to open, the Commissioner will render a final decision in July for charters to open their doors in September.

March Charter Application Round Timeline

January 25, 2016 Phase One Application (PDF | Word) and Presentation/ Recorded Webinar published
March 31, 2016, 4:15PM Phase One Application Due
April 7, 2016 4:15 PM Receipts Due to NJDOE (County and District(s) of Residence)
May 17, 2016 Applicants notified of qualified applicant status and eligibility to move on to Phase Two full application
July 8, 2016, 4:15 PM Phase Two Application Due
(NJDOE and District(s) of Residence)
July 15, 2016 Receipts Due to NJDOE (County and District(s) of Residence
August 22, 2016 to
September 5, 2016
Applicant Interview (Tentative)
September 30, 2016 Charter Application Initial Approval
June 30, 2017 School Preparedness Process Completed
July 14, 2017 Final Granting of Charter

Archive (previous year's applications, do not use for new submissions)