Five charter schools have been given final approval by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to open for the 2017-2018 school year.

In order to receive a final charter, each charter school applicant team must meet NJDOE’s rigorous, multi-stage approval process. As part of the approval process, charter school applicants must successfully complete the NJDOE’s preparedness review before being granted a final charter and the approval to open. This review process is designed to determine whether the charter school applicant team has structures in place to ensure academic success, equitability, financial viability and organizational soundness.

“By expanding public school options for families, we are ensuring that more New Jersey children have access to the high-quality education they deserve,” said Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington.

With the opening of these five charter schools, there will be a total of 89 charter schools and 56,416 authorized charter school seats in New Jersey for the 2017-2018 school year.

Charter School
(approved to open in September 2017)
District(s) ServedYear 1 Grades
(enrollment projection)
Year 4 Grades
(enrollment projection)
Achieve Community Charter SchoolNewarkK-1
66 students
426 students
College Achieve Greater Asbury Park Charter SchoolAsbury Park and NeptuneK-1 and 5-6
197 students
961 students
College Achieve Paterson Charter SchoolPatersonK-1 and 5-6
276 students
961 students
LEAD Charter SchoolNewark9-12
92 students
260 students
Ocean Academy Charter SchoolLakewoodK-2
160 students
340 students