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
As of February 2019, the 2019 March Phase One Charter School Application has been released. This application must be submitted by Monday, April 1, 2019.