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Christie Administration Announces Public Charter School Decisions

For Immediate Release
Contact: David Saenz
Date: March 1, 2017
609-292-1126

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is announcing decisions on new public charter school applications, charter renewals, amendment requests for expansions, and closures.

“All New Jersey public schools, which include charter schools, must be held to a high standard in order to ensure that all of our children receive the quality educational experiences they deserve,” said Acting Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington. “These decisions reflect this Administration’s continued commitment to hold low-performing charter schools accountable, while expanding access for New Jersey families to high-quality charter schools.”

Public Charter School Expansion Requests

Nine charter schools requested an expansion as part of their renewal that each charter school undergoes every five years, and the NJDOE granted seven of these requests. The NJDOE granted 15 additional charter school expansion requests through an amendment process that allows the school to expand outside of their renewal. (Charts that identify the approved expansions are below.)

“Many parents continue to choose to send their children to public charter schools, and we remain committed to being responsive to their calls for increased opportunities for their children,” said Acting Commissioner Harrington.

Public Charter School Renewals

The NJDOE evaluates all charter schools every five years that are up for renewal on their academic performance, fiscal viability, and operational stability. Of the 22 charter schools up for renewal this year, the NJDOE renewed 21 schools. Due to continued low academic performance, the Camden Community Charter School was not renewed.

New Public Charter School Applications

The NJDOE did not approve any of the four applicants who were invited to submit Phase Two applications to the NJDOE as part of the October Expedited Charter Application Round because they did not meet the requirements under the NJDOE’s rigorous approval process.

Public Charter School Closures

The NJDOE is required to ensure that all New Jersey public schools, including charter schools, are offering students a quality education. Charter schools must demonstrate strong academic performance and are held accountable for student outcomes. The NJDOE is closing three low-performing charter schools located in Newark (Newark Prep Charter School; Merit Preparatory Charter School; and Paulo Freire Charter School) that were all on probation.

Since 2010, the Department has closed 20 of the lowest-performing charter schools for poor academic performance or organizational and fiscal issues.

 

Approved Expansion Decisions (Renewal Process)


School Name

Year Opened

District or Region of Residence

2016-17 Grades and Approved Seats

Grades and Approved Seats with Expansion at Scale

Englewood on the Palisades Charter School

1998

Englewood

K-6, 252

K-8, 324

Hope Community Charter School

2013

Camden

K-4, 330

K-5, 330

Jersey City Global Charter School

2013

Jersey City

K-5, 480

K-6, 480

Jersey City Golden Door Charter School

1998

Jersey City

PK-8, 549

PK-8, 720

Philip's Academy Charter School

2013

Newark

K-8, 378

PK-12, 816

Paterson Arts and Science Charter School

2013

Paterson

K-8, 540

K-12, 897

Paterson Charter School for Science & Technology

2003

Paterson

K-12, 1,068

K-12, 1,584

Approved Expansion Decisions (Amendment Process)


School Name

Year Opened

District or Region of Residence

2016-17 Grades and Approved Seats

Grades and Approved Seats with Expansion at Scale

Central Jersey College Prep Charter School

2006

New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Franklin

K-2, 6-12, 480

K-12, 1,320

Environment Community Opportunity Charter School

2005

Camden

K-5, 330

K-7, 320

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School

2016

Newark

PK-12, 1,536

PK-12, 2,517

Hatikvah International Academy Charter School

2010

East Brunswick

K-7, 400

K-8, 500

Hope Academy Charter School

2001

Asbury Park

K-8, 207

K-8, 253

Hudson Arts and Science Charter School

2016

Jersey City, Kearny

K-5, 360

K-8, 1,021

John P. Holland Charter School

2011

Paterson

K-8, 201

PK-8, 576

M.E.T.S. Charter School

2011

Jersey City, Newark

6-12, 560

6-12, 960

Millville Public Charter School

2011

Millville

K-7, 313

K-10, 567

Pace Charter School of Hamilton

1999

Hamilton

K-5, 255

K-6, 405

Passaic Arts and Science Charter School

2011

Passaic

K-10, 860

K-12, 1,021

Philip's Academy Charter School of Paterson

2016

Paterson

K, 54

K-3, 285

Princeton Charter School

1997

Princeton

K-8, 348

K-8, 424

University Heights Charter School

2006

Newark

PK-8, 750

PK-8, 1,125

Vineland Public Charter School

2009

Vineland

PK-9, 452

PK-10, 576