New Jersey approves two new charter schools in Camden County
October 01, 2011
By Rita Giordano
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer


The New Jersey Department of Education announced Friday the approval of four charter schools, including two in Camden County.

That brings the number approved by the state this year to 27, the most ever in one year.

Knowledge A to Z Charter School* will open in Camden. It will be a kindergarten-through-fourth-grade school with 400 pupils.

Regis Academy Charter School will serve Cherry Hill, Lawnside, Somerdale, and Voorhees. The first charter school in those communities, it hopes to grow to 450 students in kindergarten through seventh grade.

Also approved were Beloved Community Charter in Jersey City and Trenton Scholars Charter.

The four are among 25 charter schools slated to open in September, officials said.

The Christie administration has often stated its commitment to increasing the number of high-quality charter schools. About 80 charter schools now operate in New Jersey, according to state records.
Those announced Friday represent a small percentage of the record 58 that sought approval.

* The Knowledge A to Z Charter School will open in a redesign and expansion, by Garrison Architects of Marlton, of the Camden Boys and Girls Club building in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden


 

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