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