About

Formed in 1999, the New Jersey Charter Schools Association (NJCSA) is a 501(c)(3) membership association that represents the state’s charter school community and, by extension, charter school students and their parents. We are committed to advancing quality public education for New Jersey’s children through quality public charter schools, with the vision that 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

  • Accountability. Quality is more important than quantity. The long-term stability of New Jersey’s charter school sector relies on a public policy environment that holds schools and authorizers responsible for high academic performance, teacher effectiveness, quality expansion, and equal public access for all students.
  • Equity. Public school students must have equitable access to a quality education. Public charter school students are entitled to equitable access to all public funds, including operational, facility and federal categorical dollars.
  • 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, while at the same time ensuring high-quality education for all students.
  • Student Achievement. The charter school sector must ensure students are equipped for success through continuous student assessments and professional development of highly qualified teachers. Individual student growth and needs will be met through the implementation of innovative and effective approaches to teaching, supporting the premise that children from all backgrounds and geographies have the ability to learn.

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.