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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."

October Charter Application Round Timeline-2017

September 1, 2017 Phase One Application (PDF | Word) is made available on the NJDOE website.
September 15, 2017 Technical Assistance Training Webinar
October 16, 2017, 4:15PM Phase One Application Submission due to NJDOE, NJDOE county(ies), office(s) and district(s) of residence.
October 18, 2017, 4:15 PM Deadline to send receipts from the county(ies) and district(s) of residence to njcharter@doe.state.nj.us
November 17, 2017 Applicants are notified of qualified applicant status and eligibility to submit the Phase Two Application.
December 15, 2017, 4:15 PM Phase Two Application Submission due to NJDOE, NJDOE county(ies), office(s) and district(s) of residence.
December 18, 2017 Deadline to send receipts from the county(ies) and district(s) of residence to njcharter@doe.state.nj.us
January 17th– 18th, 2018 Capacity Interviews
February 15, 2018 Charter Application Initial Approval
June 30, 2018 Deadline for approved applicants to complete the NJDOE Preparedness Process.
July 16, 2018 Final approval, granting of Charter for approved applicants who 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.)