NJ Approves 23 New Charter Schools

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TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Education approved 23 new charter school applications today. This marks the largest number of charter schools approved in an application cycle since the Charter School Program Act was signed into law in 1995.

“It is not acceptable that a child who is neglected in a New Jersey school must accept it because of their zip code,” said Gov. Chris Christie. “Charter schools give parents and children a choice and provide a much-needed alternative to help ensure every child in New Jersey receives a quality education. We cannot ask children and families that have been relegated to failing public schools to wait any longer for relief while their hope is stolen away.”

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In September, the most recent round of charter approvals before today, the state approved six new charter applications. The new schools will raise the state’s total to 97, serving approximately 25,000 students by September 2011.

“Increasing the opportunity and choice available to families is crucial to reforming the education system and building a foundation for its excellence,” said Acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf. The record number of new charter schools approved today is a tangible example of Governor Christie’s commitment to bold and ambitious education reforms to put children first in New Jersey.”

A Department of Education report released today shows the majority of charters in urban areas last year outperformed other public schools in their host districts on required standardized testing, though most still trailed the state average.

The newly-approved charter schools are listed below:

Arete:K-4 (300) East Orange, Orange – Essex County

Arete Charter School will offer a single-sex classroom, co-ed school environment. The school will offer single-gender classroom settings to differentiate instruction and drive student achievement.

Atlantic City Community Charter School:K-8 (950) Atlantic City – Atlantic County

AC Community will seek to replicate the success of the high-performing Chester Community Charter School in Chester, Pennsylvania. The school will focus on high expectations and strong student outcomes for urban students.

Atlantic Preparatory Charter School: 9-12 (552) Atlantic City – Atlantic County

Application presents a sound plan for a blended learning school program. The blended learning would incorporate online learning into the regular school day as well as provide increased access to schoolwork for students and families while not in school.

Bright Horizon Charter School: K-8 (306) Penns Grove-Carneys Point – Salem County

Charter school will aim to serve foster care students or students at risk of being placed in an out-of-home setting though the school would be open to all students. The school will establish partnership with local organizations and agencies to offer comprehensive wrap-around services for its student population.

Camden Community Charter School: K-8 (950) Camden – Camden County

Camden Community will seek to replicate the success of the high-performing Chester Community Charter School in Chester, Pennsylvania. The charter school will focus on high expectations and strong student outcomes for urban students.

Dr. Lena Edwards: K-8 (396) Jersey City – Hudson County

The Dr. Lena Edwards Charter School will offer a classical education program with a focus on character education.

Dr. Therman Evans Charter School for Excellence: 6-8 (225) Linden, Elizabeth, Roselle – Union County

The Dr. Therman Evans Charter School will offer a program focused on character, leadership, and culture.

Forest Hill Charter School: K-8 (80) Newark – Essex County

Forest Hill will provide a comprehensive program to serve students with autism and Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD).

Global Visions: K-4 (165) Egg Harbor City, Galloway Township, Mullica Township- Atlantic County

Global Visions charter school will be centered on project-based learning and teaching to the multiple intelligences of students.

Great Oaks: 6-10 (331) Newark – Essex

Great Oaks program aims to serve minority and low-income students in a rigorous college-preparatory environment. Great Oaks is modeled on the successful MATCH school in Boston and other high-performing charter schools.

Kingdom: K-6 (210) Gloucester Township

The Kingdom Charter School will offer an experiential learning program that addresses the various learning styles of children.

M.E.T.S.: K-6 (210) Jersey City

The application presented a plan for a program that will have a strong mathematics, engineering, technology and science curriculum. METS is planning to partner with Liberty Science Center to implement the curriculum.

Martha Palmer Chaneyfield Charter School: K-4 (400) Newark – Essex County

Martha Palmer Chaneyfield Charter School will offer a community-based school committed to excellence for its students.

Millville: K-5 (216) Millville – Cumberland County

Millville Charter will focus on academic excellence with an emphasis on the arts and will build on the successes at Vineland Public Charter School.

New Day Charter High School: 9-12 (100) Newark – Essex County

New Day Charter High School will offer a program focused on academic achievement and supporting the whole child. Specifically it will address the issues of substance abuse, wellness, and developing strong decision-making skills for its students.

New Jersey Virtual Academy: K-12 (1200) Newark – Essex County

New Jersey Virtual Academy will offer a virtual learning program for students in Newark.

New Jersey Virtual: 10-12 (300) Camden, Perth Amboy, Neptune Township, Paterson

New Jersey Virtual will offer a blended learning program for high school students who have dropped out of school.

People’s Prep: 9-12 (380) Newark – Essex County

People’s Prep will be a school focused on ensuring academic excellence for all students, developing strong character, and building a commitment to community.

Roseville Community: K-4 (330) Newark – Essex County

Roseville Community Charter School will offer a rigorous academic program committed to developing the character and discipline in students that is required to achieve academic excellence in high school, college, and beyond.

Shalom: K-8 (240) Englewood, Teaneck – Bergen County

This application presents a plan for an academically rigorous, Hebrew language immersion program.

Spirit Prep: 9-12 (600) East Orange, Irvington, Newark – Essex County

Spirit Prep will offer a blended learning model of project-based learning, face-to-face learning, and online instruction integrated with instrumental music.

Vailsburg Prep: 9-12 (600) Newark – Essex County

Vailsburg Prep proposes to open a high school that will serve students using a research-based, blended learning curriculum. In this model, traditional classroom instruction will be supplemented with online learning.

Willingboro: K-5, 9-12 (410) Willingboro – Burlington County

Wililngboro Academy Charter School will offer a curriculum that infuses technology and the arts throughout all content areas. Additionally, the school will focus on character development and community involvement.


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