• NJCSA Charter School Conference Oct. 11, 2018
    Join us this fall in Newark, NJ, for the 10th Annual New Jersey Charter Schools Conference. 
    Early Bird Registration is open!

  •   NJCSA Charter Board Institute  
    The NJCSA Charter School Board Institute will be returning in early 2019, to be held in Newark, NJ. Our last Institute, back in the spring, was a great success with more than 40 charter school trustees and school leaders present. Please stay tuned for time and place. 

The New Jersey Charter Schools Association (NJCSA) is a non-profit membership association that represents the state’s charter school community and the students and  parents they serve. We are committed to advancing quality public education for New Jersey’s children through the cultivation of quality public charter schools. We believe every child in the State of New Jersey should have the opportunity to attend a high-quality public school that best meets his or her needs.

Our Formula for Charter School Success

  • Quality. Schools must achieve high levels of academic performance as well as meet the need of the whole child and family. 
  • Equity. All students, regardless of where they live or the nature of their needs,  must have equitable access to a quality education.
  • Autonomy. For strong schools to flourish, school leaders must have the freedom to make decisions based on the needs of their students, parents and teachers.
  • Student Achievement. The goal of public education is to equip students for success throughout their lives. 

Our Commitment to Improving Public Education

  • Cultivate a robust network of new, high-quality charter schools that are able to meet the demands of the parents and the needs of the students they enroll.
  • Strengthen the capacity of existing charter schools to achieve strong outcomes for students as they move from good to great.
  • Promote the charter school model and strong charter policy among external stakeholders and decision-makers.
  • Support success of the sector by creating an environment that encourages innovation, high-quality performance and accountability.

Charter News

  • NJCSA Position Statement on Desegregation Lawsuit

    • Date: 9/6/2018

    On Thursday, September 6, the New Jersey Charter Schools Association asked a state court judge for permission to intervene into the historic school desegregation case [Latino Action Network v. State of New Jersey] on behalf of its member schools. Charter schools are ...

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  • A School Governance Deep Dive

    • Date: 4/17/2018

    We were thrilled to see more than 50 charter school trustees, leaders, and founders at our most recent Charter Board Institute on April 15 in New Brunswick. Although much about school governance is learned on the job, there is a wealth of experience to be shared within the charter community. The Institute was a chance to hear from some of our most experienced practicioners. 

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  • Parents Rally in Trenton

    • Date: 4/4/2018

    More than 500 charter school parents met with legislative leaders and rallied in support of their children's charter schools down in Trenton on March 26. They came from all over the state--Camden, Atlantic City, Newark, Paterson, and Jersey City, just to name a few of their home cities. This gathering--the largest in the 20-plus year history of charter schools--also featured significant speeches by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Education Committee Chair Theresa Ruiz, Assembly Education Committee Chair Pamela Lampitt,  Senator Declan O'Scanlon , Assembly Budget Committee Chair Eliana Pintor, and Deputy Speaker Gary Schaer.

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