Even as the Christie administration approves fewer new charter schools, interest in opening these facilities remains high, with nearly 40 applications coming in last week for the latest round of review.
Thirty-eight applications were received in all, although that number may be culled after preliminary reviews are conducted by the state Department of Education to determine if the proposals are complete.
The high number of applications reflects the enduring interest in operating these schools, even as the state throttles back on approvals. In the round of applications this past March, 38 proposals yielded just three approvals.
Overall, 14 of this year's applications are repeat submissions; nearly a dozen come from the larger education management organizations that are coming to dominate New Jersey’s charter landscape.
For instance, two new schools connected with the SABIS Schools Network are proposed for Atlantic City and Bridgeton, and two connected with Renaissance Schools network are proposed for Jersey City and East Orange.
Other organizations with proposals in this round include College Achieve, Probity Education, National Collegiate, and SEED, a consortium of residential charter schools based in Washington, D.C. Also included is K12 Inc., the for-profit online education company, that is looking to add a school in Elizabeth.
As in past rounds, virtually all the applications are concentrated in the state’s urban centers, which are already home to the bulk of New Jersey's charter schools. Six of the proposals would serve Newark; four, East Orange; and three each in Paterson, Camden, and Jersey City.
The full list of applications follows, in alphabetical order of the communities served:
Regional-Pneuma Academy Charter School for Science, Health and Technology: Asbury Park, Neptune Township
International Academy of Atlantic City Charter School: Atlantic City, Pleasantville
Bloomfield Academic Arts Academy Charter School: Bloomfield
Bridgeton Public Charter School: Bridgeton
International Academy of Greater Bridgeton Charter School: Bridgeton, Upper Deerfield Township, Fairfield Township
Community Advancement Charter School: Camden
National Collegiate Preparatory PCHS: Camden
The SEED School of New Jersey: Camden
Pearls of Wisdom Charter School: East Orange, Irvington
Renaissance TEACH-TEchnical Arts CHarter School: East Orange, Irvington
Science Business & Technology Charter School: East Orange, Irvington, Newark
Equity Prep Charter School: East Orange, Orange, Irvington
Elizabeth Prep Charter School: Elizabeth
Universal Business Academy Charter School: Englewood, Tenafly, Bergenfield, Leonia, Englewood Cliffs, Teaneck, Fort Lee
Empowerment Academy Charter School: Jersey City
Jersey City Career Prep Charter School: Jersey City
Polytech Regional Charter High School: Jersey City, Bayonne, Hoboken, Union City
Reach for the Stars Charter School: Kearny, Harrison, East Newark
Lakewood Academy Charter School: Lakewood
A. Philip Randolph Charter High School: Newark
Academy of Fashion Industry Careers Charter High School: Newark
The Beacon Preparatory Charter School: Newark
Ironbound International School: Newark
Newark Scholars Technology Academy Charter School: Newark
Agape Trinity Charter School: North Plainfield
Collegiate Business Academy Charter School: Orange
New Destiny Alternative Education Charter School: Orange
Noble Preparatory Charter School: Paterson
Paterson Charter School for Better Learning: Paterson
The Math and Culture Charter School: Paterson
Centre Oak Charter School: Pemberton
International Community Academy Charter School: Plainfield
Cresthaven Academy Charter School: Plainfield
College Achieve Central Charter School, North Plainfield, Plainfield
ASPIRE Academy Charter School: Trenton
Rising Star Preparatory Charter School: Trenton
ScienceTech Charter School: Winslow