NJCSA provides consulting assistance to charter schools that are preparing for their renewal or submitting a request to expand their enrollment capacity under their current charter. This preparation is best initiated at least a full year before the application is due to the authorizer. Each of our consulting engagements is tailored to the school’s specific requirements and utilizes the most current procedural information available from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Our services include the following elements:

  • Definition of Support Requirements:
    NJCSA consults with the school to establish specific deliverables that are customized to the school’s needs.
  • Mock Interviews:
    NJCSA helps stakeholders prepare for the authorizer interviews by conducting “mock” interviews, using the authorizer’s interview questions and response criteria, and provides feedback regarding stakeholder responses.
  • Classroom Visits and Feedback:
    NJCSA visits all classrooms and provides feedback regarding instructional practice, student performance and behavior, school climate, and use of time.
  • Data Analysis:
    NJCSA analyzes the school’s student state testing results and other metrics related to the Charter School Performance Framework and identifies strengths and weaknesses.
  • Application Review:
    NJCSA reviews and provides feedback on the application as it is being developed by the school.
  • Special Education Review:
    NJCSA conducts a high-level review of the school’s special education practices, records, and outcomes, and provides feedback as needed. This review focuses on those items likely to receive attention during the renewal process.

NJCSA School Members receive a discount on all consulting services. All engagements are developed based on an initial telephone call to determine scope and needs. To start the conversation, please contact Rick Presser, Director of Schools Services, at 609-989-9700;4411 or email.