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Charter Schools

A charter school is a public school that operates as its own Local Education Agency (LEA) under a charter granted by the Commissioner. The New Jersey Department of Education is the State Education Agency (SEA) and sole charter school authorizer in New Jersey.

The Office of Charter Schools (OCS) provides New Jersey families with quality schools. OCS authorizes charter schools consistent with national best practice in charter school authorizing*, offering school operators autonomy and opportunities for innovation in exchange for accountability for student outcomes.

*NACSA's Principles and Standards

Charter School News

As of January 20, 2017, the March Charter School Application has been published.  This application must be submitted by Friday, March 31, 2017.

As of August 18, 2016, the expedited October Charter School Application from existing operators has been published. The application is due back on Monday, October 17, 2016.

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