What is a Charter school?
A charter school is a free public school that operates independently of the local school district’s Board of Education under a charter granted by the Commissioner of Education. Once the charter is approved and established, the school is governed by a Board of Trustees as a public agent authorized by the State Board of Education. A charter school is a corporate entity with all the powers needed to carry out its charter program.
How do charter schools differ from regular public school?
Charter schools are free public schools of choice that can opt to extend their schools days and school year, and establish their own instructional programs and standard for student behavior. Charter schools are accountable for performance in the areas of academic achievement, financial management, and organizational stability. In New Jersey students achievement is measured relative to achieving mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
How are students selected for enrollment?
The school verifies each applicant’s eligibility for admissions to school. Parents must provide a birth certificate and proof of residence at the time of admissions.
If there are more applicants than available spaces, the students are selected by a lottery drawing.