Charter Schools

Opening a Charter School in NJ

The NJDOE currently runs two application cycles for prospective charter schools.

March:

  • Applications due to the DOE by March 31.
  • Approvals/denials given by September 30.
  • Schools must pass the School Preparedness review by June 30 of the following year. This review allows the DOE to assess organizational leadership and capacity.
  • Final charter granting decision made by July 15th.

October: This expedited application cycle is for existing operators with demonstrable experience.

  • Applications due to the DOE by October 15.
  • Approvals/denials given by February 15.
  • Schools must pass the School Preparedness review by June 30. This review allows the DOE to assess organizational leadership and capacity.
  • Final charter granting decision made by July 15th.

New Jersey Charter School Application
2013 October Application (Phase One RFA) 
Application Timeline

August 9, 2013 10:00AM-12:00PM Technical Assistance Training Webinar
October 15, 2013, 4:15PM Phase One Application Due
October 22, 2013, 4:15 PM Receipts Due to NJDOE (County and District(s) of Residence)
November 15, 2013 Applicants notified of qualified applicant status and  eligibility to move on to Phase Two full application
December 13, 2013, 4:15 PM Phase Two Application Due
December 20, 2013 Receipts Due to NJDOE (County and District(s) of Residence
January 23, 2014 – January 31, 2014 Applicant Interview
February 17, 2014 Charter Application Initial Approval
June 30, 2014 School Preparedness Process Completed
July 15, 2014 Final Granting of Charter

2014 Phase One March Charter School Application (Word | PDF) (Due Date 3/31/14)

2013 Phase Two RFA for Existing Operators (Word | PDF) (Due Date 12/13/13).

March Application Timeline

January 30, 2014

Technical Assistance Training at NJDOE
Register
PowerPoint Presentation

March 31, 2014, 4:15PM

Phase One Application Due

April 7, 2014 4:15 PM

Receipts Due to NJDOE (County and District(s) of Residence)

June 13, 2014

Applicants notified of qualified applicant status and  eligibility to move on to Phase Two full application

July 11, 2014, 4:15 PM

Phase Two Application Due

July 18, 2014

Receipts Due to NJDOE (County and District(s) of Residence

August 27, 2014 to
September 5, 2014

Applicant Interview

September 30, 2014

Charter Application Initial Approval

June 30, 2015

School Preparedness Process Completed

July 15, 2015

Final Granting of Charter

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