Although the Christie administration has lately backed the expansion of existing charter schools, it is still receiving a healthy number of new applicants, including a few making multiple tries to win approval.
The state Department of Education last week received 24 new applications for charters to open in 2017, including eight making at least their second attempt.
The list encompassed schools large and small, urban and suburban, and at least two networks trying to expand into the state. It included four new proposals in Newark, three in Paterson, and two in Lakewood.
Among the suburban communities seeing new bids are Lebanon in Hunterdon County and Montclair, where a previous proposal was rejected by the state five times.
Recently, the Christie administration has been hesitant to approve new applicants, while it has backed existing schools expanding grades or adding satellites. In the previous round announced in late February, 16 expansions were approved, but just three new schools.
The following are the applications filed last week and the districts they seek to serve. Those in bold type are repeat applications:
The Holistic Charter School for Behavior Therapy; Howell and Lakewood Districts, Monmouth and Ocean Counties; K-2 progressing to K-5, 18 to 36 students
Ocean Academy Charter School; Lakewood; K-2 progressing to K-5, 160 to 340 students
Global Learning Charter School; Paterson; K-1 progressing to K-4, 120 to 300 students
Pneuma Academy Charter School for Science, Health and Technology, Newark; K-1 progressing to K-4, 120 to 300 students
Pneuma Academy Charter School for Science, Health and Technology; Plainfield; K-2 progressing to K-5, 180 to 360 students
The Duke Ellington Charter School of the Arts; East Orange; grades 6-8, 100 students in each
The Frank Sinatra Charter School of the Arts; Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield; grades 6-8, 100 students in each
Innovation STEM Charter School; Newark; K-1 progressing to K-4, 120 to 300 students
MIGHT Leadership Elementary Charter School; Paterson; K-4 progressing to K-5 by year two, 375 to 450 students
Universal Business Academy; Englewood; grade 6 progressing to 6-8, 104 to 312 students
Ailanthus Charter School; Franklin Township, New Brunswick; K-1 progressing to K-4, 120 to 300 students
Brown Academy Leadership Career Readiness Learning Center Charter School;
Trenton; grade 9 progressing to 12, 200 to 800 students
Fulbright Academy Charter School of Montclair; Montclair; K-4 progressing to K-8, 250 to 450 students
Justine Academy Charter School; Lebanon; kindergarten progressing to K-1, 108 students
College Achieve Greater Asbury Park Charter School; Asbury Park public schools and Neptune Township public schools; pre-K-1-5/6 progressing to pre-K-9, 314 to 1,038 students
College Achieve Paterson Charter School; Paterson; pre-K-1 with 5 and 6 progressing to pre-K-9, 314 to 1,038 students
Madame CJ Walker Charter School of Entrepreneurship and Job Development; Newark; K-3 progressing to K-6, 306 to 486 students
Paterson Dual Language (PaDuLa) Public Charter School Paterson; K-2 progressing to K-5, 132 to 264 students
Math, Science and Technology Community Charter School; Pennsauken, Merchantville and Maple Shade; K-5 progressing to K-12, 600 to 1300 students
Global Community Charter School; North Plainfield; K-2 progressing to K-5, 126 to 342 students
The Legacy Charter School of The Arts & Humanities; Wilingboro, grades 6-9 progressing to 6 – 12, 120 to 210 students
Elite Academy Charter School; Jersey City; K-2 progressing to K-5, 240 to 480
21st Century Charter Community School for Blended Learning and Language; East Orange; pre-K-K progressing to pre-K to 2, 120 to 240 students
Immersion; East Orange; pre-K progressing to pre-K-2, 120 to 240 students
Larry D. Gooding Performing Arts Charter School; East Orange, Irvington and Newark; grades 3-5 progressing to 3-8, 90 to 180 students.