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Charter Schools

Application Rounds: March and October

The NJDOE administers two application rounds for prospective charter schools – the March Application Round and the October Application Round.

In the March round, applications are due on March 31, and decisions are made on September 30 for charter schools that may open the following fall.

In the expedited October round, applications are due on October 16,  and decisions are made by February 15 for charter schools that may open in the fall of the same year.  The October round is only for proven operators.  The October round is only for proven operators. Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:11-2.1(g): "For phase one of the October 15 expedited application, the Department will review applications received from founders with demonstrable experience operating an education institution."

2018 October Charter Application Round Timeline

Date

Event

October 5, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

Technical Assistance Training Webinar. To join, go to Webinar Registration Link

October 15, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

Phase One Application (PDF | Word) Submissions due to NJDOE, NJDOE county education office(s) and district(s) of residence.

October 16, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

Deadline to send Phase One Application receipts from the county(ies) and district(s) of residence to NJDOE Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools Email Address

November 19, 2018

Applicants are notified of qualified applicant status and eligibility to submit the Phase Two Application.

December 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

 Phase Two Application Submissions due to NJDOE, NJDOE county education office(s) and district(s) of residence.

December 18, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

Deadline to send Phase Two Application receipts from the county(ies) and district(s) of residence to NJDOE Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools Email Address

January 23-24, 2019

Applicant capacity interviews

February 15, 2019

Charter Application Initial Decision Deadline

June 30, 2019

Deadline for approved applicants to complete the NJDOE Preparedness Process.

July 15, 2019

Final approval, granting of Charter, for approved applicants who have successfully completed the School Preparedness Process. Approved applicants who did not successfully complete the Preparedness Process will be notified of their status by the NJDOE.

Application round timelines from previous years are available in the archive. (Do not use for new submissions.)