Eight charter schools receive state’s OK

TRENTON – The Department of Education today approved eight charter schools to open in September. The successful applicants are listed

TRENTON – The Department of Education today approved eight charter schools to open in September.

The successful applicants are listed by their name and municipality, the grades they serve and the number students they expect to have. They are:

*Charter School for Global Leadership, Camden, grades 9-12, 600 students.

*City Invincible Charter School, Camden, grades K-8, 600 students.

*COMPASS Academy Charter School, Millville, Pittsgrove, Vineland, grades K-5, 228 students.

*Hope Community Charter School, Camden, grades K-4, 330 students.

*Jersey City Global Charter School, Jersey City, grades K-6, 486 students.

*Newark Prep Charter School,  Newark, grades 6-12, 446 students

*Paulo Freire Charter School, Newark, grades 9-12, 320 students

*Trenton Prep Charter School, Trenton, grades 6-12, 446 students

“The applications we approved today have demonstrated a strong educational program and the capacity to implement that program, in addition to articulating a clearly defined need for the school in their specific community,” said acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf in a statement.

Christie has said his preference is to have charter schools open in municipalities with struggling public schools.

Cerf makes the final determination about which applications to approve.

Approval decisions are made based on the quality of the proposed educational program, the capacity of the founding team to implement that program, and the need for the proposed school in the community. 

In addition to the decisions today, Acting Commissioner Cerf repeated a call that he made in September in a letter to charter school leaders

(http://observer-media.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2012/01/090911letter1.pdf) that charters have clear and transparent enrollment and accountability processes. Eight charter schools receive state’s OK