Charter School Applications Remain Strong, Despite Few Approvals by State

John Mooney | April 11, 2014 | Education
Administration's reluctance to sign off on new charters doesn't do much to discourage nearly 40 new applicants

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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