Charter Schools

Opening a Charter School in NJ

The NJDOE currently runs two application cycles for prospective charter schools.

March:

  • Applications due to the DOE by March 31.
  • Approvals/denials given by September 30.
  • Schools must pass the School Preparedness review by June 30 of the following year. This review allows the DOE to assess organizational leadership and capacity.
  • Final charter granting decision made by July 15th.
August 18, 2014 10:00AM-12:00PM Technical Assistance Training Webinar
http://education.state.nj.us/events/details.php?recid=21117
October 15, 2014, 4:15PM Phase One Application Due via the EpiCenter System
October 22, 2014, 4:15 PM Receipts to be uploaded to EpiCenter (County and District(s) of Residence)
November 17, 2014 Applicants notified of qualified applicant status and  eligibility to move on to Phase Two full application
December 15, 2014, 4:15 PM Phase Two Application Due via the EpiCenter System
December 22, 2014 Receipts Due to NJDOE (County and District(s) of Residence
January 21, 2015 – January 30, 201 Applicant Interview (Invite only)
February 16, 2015 Charter Application Initial Approval by the Commissioner
June 30, 2015 School Preparedness Process Completed
July 15, 2015 Final Granting of Charter

2014 Phase One March Charter School Application (Word | PDF) (Due Date 3/31/14)

2013 Phase Two RFA for Existing Operators (Word | PDF) (Due Date 12/13/13).

March Application Timeline

January 30, 2014 Technical Assistance Training at NJDOE
Register
PowerPoint Presentation
March 31, 2014, 4:15PM Phase One Application Due
April 7, 2014 4:15 PM Receipts Due to NJDOE (County and District(s) of Residence)
June 13, 2014 Applicants notified of qualified applicant status and  eligibility to move on to Phase Two full application
July 11, 2014, 4:15 PM Phase Two Application Due
July 18, 2014 Receipts Due to NJDOE (County and District(s) of Residence
August 27, 2014 to
September 5, 2014
Applicant Interview
September 30, 2014 Charter Application Initial Approval
June 30, 2015 School Preparedness Process Completed
July 15, 2015 Final Granting of Charter

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