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Christie Administration Announces Approval of Charter School
To Open in September in Paterson

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael Yaple
David Saenz
Date:December 1, 2015

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Education granted initial approval of one charter school application submitted during its March application round, Philip's Academy Charter School of Paterson, to open in September for the 2016-2017 school year.

In order for the Department of Education to approve a charter school, a charter school applicant team must meet the Department's rigorous multi-stage approval process.  After receiving initial application approval, the Department conducts a preparedness visit and reviews the school's academic and operational components to ensure that the charter school applicant has the capacity to provide a high-quality educational program from the first day of school.  New charter school approvals are for four years, and renewals thereafter are for five years.

There are currently 89 charter schools operating in New Jersey. Since 2010, 39 new charter schools have opened and the Department has closed 17 due to academic, operational or financial deficiencies.

Charter School
approved to open in September 2016
District Served Year 1 Grades
(Enrollment Projection)
Year 4 Grades
(Enrollment Projection)
Philip's Academy Charter School Paterson K
(45 Students)
(180 Students)