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Nine More Charters Advance Through Phase I of Application Process

Contenders include schools from three suburban towns, added to the mix of charters from urban centers

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As Gov. Chris Christie continues to trumpet charter school growth in the state, his administration yesterday announced another nine schools have advanced through the first phase of the application process.

Included in the preliminary approvals were three from suburban communities -- Franklin, Montclair and Englewood -- representing a break from the administration’s recent record of keeping new charter in mostly urban centers.

Just one new school was advanced for Newark, and others included one each in Jersey City, Paterson, and Asbury Park. Twenty-four applications were filed in all.

The schools will move to Phase II of the process, the final stage before they would open in the fall of 2017. The administration’s timeline had been for this stage to be announced in mid-May, but state officials said more time was required. Schools were notified on Friday.

The following is the list of schools given preliminary approval, as well as those rejected, disqualified or withdrawn:

Preliminary Approval

  • Ailanthus Charter School, Franklin Township, New Brunswick (Somerset County); K-1 progressing to K-4/ 120 to 300 students

  • College Achieve Greater Asbury Park Charter School, Asbury Park Public Schools and Neptune Township Public Schools (Monmouth County); Pre-K-1 with 5 and 6 progressing to Pre-K to 9th/ 314 to 1,038 students

  • College Achieve Paterson Charter School, Paterson (Passaic County); Pre-K-1 with 5 and 6 progressing to Pre-K to 9th/ 314 to 1,038 students

  • Elite Academy Charter School, Jersey City (Hudson County); K-2 progressing to K-5/ 240 to 480 students

  • Fulbright Academy Charter School of Montclair, Montclair (Essex County); K-4 progressing to K-8/ 250 to 450 students

  • Innovation STEM Charter School, Newark (Essex County); K-1 progressing to K-4/ 120 to 300 students

  • Ocean Academy Charter School, Lakewood (Ocean County); K-2 progressing to K-5 /160 to 340 students

  • The Holistic Charter School for Behavior Therapy, Howell and Lakewood (Monmouth and Ocean Counties); K-2 progressing to K-5/ 18 to 36 students

  • Universal Business Academy, Englewood (Bergen County), 6th grade progressing to Grades 6-8/ 104 to 312 students


  • 21st Century Charter Community School for Blended Learning and Language Immersion, East Orange (Essex County)

  • Brown Academy Leadership Career Readiness Learning Center Charter School, Trenton (Mercer County)

  • Global Community Charter School, North Plainfield (Somerset County)

  • Global Learning Charter School, Paterson (Passaic County)

  • Justine Academy Charter School, Newark (Essex County)

  • MIGHT Leadership Elementary Charter School, Paterson (Passaic County)

  • Newark-Pneuma Academy CS for Science, Health & Technology, Newark (Essex County)

  • Plainfield-Pneuma Academy CS for Science, Health & Technology, Plainfield (Union County)

  • The Duke Ellington Charter School of the Arts, East Orange (Essex County)

  • The Frank Sinatra Charter School of the Arts, Bloomfield (Essex County)


  • Larry D. Gooding Performing Arts Charter School, East Orange, Irvington and Newark (Essex County)

  • Madame CJ Walker Charter School of Entrepreneurship and Job Development, Newark (Essex County)

  • Paterson Dual Language Public Charter School (PaDuLa), Paterson (Passaic County)

  • The Legacy Charter School of The Arts & Humanities, Willingboro (Burlington County)


  • Math, Science and Technology Community Charter School-Pennsauken (MaST), Pennsauken, Merchantville and Maple Shade (Camden and Burlington Counties)
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