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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 17, 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.

October Charter Application Round Timeline 

August 18, 2016

Phase One Application (PDF | Word)

August 25, 2016, 2:00-3:30 PM

August 25, 2016 Technical Assistance Training Webinar

October 17, 2016, 4:15 PM

Phase One Application Submission due to NJDOE, county and district of residence.

November 17, 2016

Applicants notified of qualified applicant status and eligibility to complete and submit the Phase Two Application.

December 16, 2016, 4:15 PM

Phase Two Application Submission due to NJDOE, county and district of residence.

February 15, 2017

Charter Application Initial Approval

June 30, 2017

School Preparedness Process Deadline

July 17, 2017

Final Granting of Charter

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