Opening a Charter School in NJ
NJDOE currently runs two application cycles for prospective charter schools. In the March Round, applications are due on March 31st and decisions are made by September 30th for schools that may open the following Fall. In the October Round (Expedited), applications are due on October 15th and application decisions are made by February 15th 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.
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, 2014 10:00AM-12:00PM||Technical Assistance Training Webinar
|October 15, 2014, 4:15PM||Phase One Application Due via the EpiCenter System|
|October 22, 2014, 4:15 PM||Receipts to be uploaded to EpiCenter (County and District(s) of Residence)|
|November 17, 2014||Applicants notified of qualified applicant status and eligibility to move on to Phase Two full application|
|December 19, 2014, 4:15 PM||Phase Two Application Due via the EpiCenter System|
|December 22, 2014||Receipts Due to NJDOE (County and District(s) of Residence|
|January 21, 2015 – January 30, 201||Applicant Interview (Invite only)|
|February 16, 2015||Charter Application Initial Approval by the Commissioner|
|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)