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Charter Schools

Opening a Charter School in NJ

Application Cycles

NJDOE currently runs two application cycles for prospective charter schools. In the March round, applications are due on March 31 and decisions are made by September 30 for schools that may open the following fall. In the October round (expedited), applications are due on October 17, and application decisions are made by February 15 for schools that may open in the fall of the same year. The October round is only for proven operators that have demonstrated a track record of success.

Preparedness Process

After initial application approval, in order for the schools to open, they must first complete a "preparedness review" through NJDOE. This review determines whether schools have the academic and operational components to ensure successful academic programs, equitability, financial viability and organization soundness. After a review of the applicants' submission of this information in June of the year the school intends to open, the Commissioner will render a final decision in July for charters to open their doors in September.

March Application Round Timeline 

January 20, 2017 Phase One Application (PDF | Word)
January 27, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM January 27, 2017 Technical Assistance Training Webinar
March 31, 2017, 4:15 PM Phase One Application Submission due to NJDOE, county and district of residence
May 15, 2017, 5:00 PM Applicants notified of qualified applicant status and eligibility to complete and submit the Phase Two Application.
July 17, 2017, 4:15 PM Phase Two Application Submission due to NJDOE, county and district of residence
September 30, 2017 Charter Application Initial Approval
June 29, 2018 School Preparedness Process Deadline
July 16, 2018 Final Granting of Charter, pending successful preparedness process

Archive (previous year's applications, do not use for new submissions)