Membership

The New Jersey Charter Schools Association is committed to advancing quality public education for New Jersey’s children through quality public charter schools. We offer four types of membership to New Jersey charter schools, based on their current stage of operation, and an Associate Member level for vendors & suppliers. Membership fees are institutional; prices shown are per school or, in the case of Associate Membership, per company. We do not offer membership to individuals.

All members are featured in our Member Directory

FOUNDING GROUP: $300/group/year
This membership is for founding groups who are developing a New Jersey charter school. Dues are renewable every 12 months until your charter application is approved by the authorizer (NJDOE), at which time the Approved Applicant membership fee and benefits will apply and your term will renew. Benefits include:

  • Advocacy efforts to state and national Legislators, the Administration, the Department of Education and other Government Officials
  • Discounted registration to attend NJCSAevents, including the annual conference
  • Discounted consulting services offered by NJCSA and selected partners
  • Free review of your Charter School Budget & Financial Plan
  • Access to library of former charter school applications (upon request)
  • Access to NJCSA library of school-related templates and forms (upon request)

APPROVED APPLICANT: $500/group/year
This membership is for groups whose charter school application has been approved at any stage by the authorizer (NJDOE). Planning Year Schools are also eligible for this type. These dues are renewable every 12 months until delivery of the charter from the NJ DOE, at which time the First-Year School membership fee, term and benefits will apply.
Benefits include:
  • Advocacy efforts to state and national Legislators, the Administration, the Department of Education and other Government Officials
  • Discounted registration to attend NJCSA events, including the annual conference
  • Discounted consulting services offered by NJCSA and selected partners, including those focusing on communications, brand development, renewal & expansion support and board governance
  • Review of Charter School Budget & Financial Plan
  • Site visit to review your school facility
  • Attendance by NJCSA representative at your school's first public board meeting 
  • Invitation to participate on Members Council and other members-only discussion groups (via webinar and in-person)
  • Access to NJCSA library of school-related templates and forms (upon request)
  • Invitation to apply for grants provided by NJCSA (when available)
OPERATING SCHOOL: $12/student/year 
FIRST-YEAR SCHOOL: $6/student/year

These membership types are for charter schools that have received their charter and are educating students. The year-long membership term is July 1 to June 30 and cannot be pro-rated. First-Year Schools receive 50% off the Operating School fee. Dues must be paid in full by October 31 of each year. Benefits include:
  • Advocacy efforts to state and national Legislators, the Administration, the Department of Education and other Government Officials
  • Discounted registration to attend NJCSA events, including the annual conference
  • Discounted consulting services offered by NJCSA and selected partners, including those focusing on communications, brand development, renewal & expansion support and board governance
  • Charter renewal consultation meeting
  • Access to NJCSA library of school-related templates and forms (upon request)
  • Review of your Charter School Budget & Financial Plan
  • Invitation to participate on Members Council and other members-only discussion groups (via webinar and in-person)
  • Invitation to apply for grants provided by NJCSA (when available)
  • Telephone & e-mail support
  • Opportunity to purchase individual liability insurance through Association of American Educators
ASSOCIATE MEMBER: $700/company/year
This membership level is exclusively for companies that are vendors, suppliers or consultants and want to reach the charter school market. This membership terms runs from January to December, and is renewable each year. Associate Membership will not be prorated, so make plans to join (or renew) in late December each year in order to maximize your benefits.
  • Company profile and logo in our Associate Member Directory, posted on our website and delivered periodically to members
  • Members-only pre-sale for discounted badges, booth space & advertisement space at the annual NJCSA conference
  • Mailing list of NJCSA members (in Microsoft Excel; available upon your request; no e-mails are included)
  • Priority mention by NJCSA to schools seeking services & products — when schools call us for vendor referrals, we’ll direct them to the Associate Member list first
  • Access to our School Services team to answer your general questions about policy and regulations affecting your charter school customers
Note to Potential Conference Vendors: Reserving and buying a booth space at the annual conference is a completely different and separate process from becoming a member, and booth space is not guaranteed to members. All company representatives must be pre-loaded into your NJCSA member roster so that they can buy member-discounted items, such as badges, booths or ads.