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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 (NJDOE) is the sole charter school authorizer in New Jersey.

The NJDOE 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 September 1, 2017, the Phase One Expedited October Application has been published.  This application must be submitted by Monday, October 16, 2017.

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