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Application Rounds

March and October

The NJDOE administers two application rounds for prospective charter schools – the March Application Round and the October Application Round.

In the March round, applications are due on March 31, and decisions are made on September 30 for charter schools that may open the following fall.

In the expedited October round, applications are due on October 15,  and decisions are made by February 15 for charter schools that may open in the fall of the same year.  The October round is only for proven operators.  The October round is only for proven operators. Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:11-2.1(g): "For phase one of the October 15 expedited application, the Department will review applications received from founders with demonstrable experience operating an education institution."

 

October 2021 Charter School Application Timeline

Date

Event

August 30, 2021, 2:00 p.m.

Technical Assistance Training Broadcast. To join, go to
Microsoft TEAMS Webinar Link  (link may be easiest to access using Google Chrome).

October 15, 2021, 4:15 p.m.

Deadline to submit the Phase One Application (hard copy and electronic copy) to the Department, Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools.

Deadline to submit the Phase One Application (hard copy only) to the county(ies) of residence and the district(s) of residence.

*Submission requirements are subject to change.

Please contact allie.cobb@doe.nj.gov with any questions or concerns regarding application submission.

November 15, 2021

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

December 15, 2021, 4:15 p.m.

Deadline to submit the Phase Two (hard copy and electronic copy) to the Department, Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools.

Deadline to submit the Phase Two Application (hard copy only) to the county(ies) of residence and the district(s) of residence.

 

*Submission requirements are subject to change.

January 18–19, 2022

Tentative, applicant in-depth interview dates

February 15, 2022

Charter application initial decision

June 30, 2022

School preparedness process deadline

July 15, 2022

Final approval, granting of Charter, for approved applicants who have successfully completed the School Preparedness Process.  Approved applicants who did not successfully complete the Preparedness Process will be notified of their status by the NJDOE.


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