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PATERSON CHARTER SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
What is a charter school?
- Is a public school open to all students on a space-available basis.
- Is independent of the local board of education.
- Is managed by a board of trustees who are authorized by the State Board of Education to supervise and control.
- Is granted a four-year initial charter by the Commissioner of Education that may be renewed for a five-year period.
- May not charge tuition.
- Is located in its district of residence.
What is the relationship between a charter school and a district board of education?
- A charter school operates independently.
- Funding for a charter school comes from state and local taxpayers through its district board of education.
- A district board of education is responsible for transportation of charter school students residing in its district on the same terms and conditions as the students attending other district public schools.
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The application process for the following school year starts by September of the current year. Paterson Charter Schools does not discriminate in its admission policies or practices on the basis of intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, status as a handicapped person, proficiency in the English language or any other basis that would be illegal if used by a district board of education.
Who may establish a charter school?
- Teaching staff members.
- Parents with children attending the district schools.
- A combination of teaching staff members and parents.
- Institution of higher learning in conjunction with teaching staff members and parents of children attending the district schools.
- A private entity located within state in conjunction with teaching staff members and parents of children attending the district schools.
Who can attend a charter school?
- All grade-eligible students from its district of residence may attend on a space-available basis.
- If applicants exceed available spaces, a charter school is required to use a random selection process.
- Preference is given to children of the charter school’s district of residence.
- If space permits, non-resident students may attend.
- Students must first be registered in their districts.
- Enrollment priority is given to siblings of students currently enrolled in a charter school.
- A charter school cannot discriminate in admission policies on the basis of intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, status as a handicapped person, proficiency in the English language, or any other basis which is deemed illegal if used by district boards of education.
- A charter school may target admission to particular grade levels or areas of concentration.
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Who is the staff of a charter school?
- A lead person who may be called a principal, director, headmaster, or other similar title.
- Classroom teachers and professional support staff holding appropriate New Jersey certification.
- Other non-certified support staff as needed.
What is the educational program at a charter school?
- Charter school students are required to meet the same academic performance standards as district school students.
- The charter school curriculum must address the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
- A charter school must make available the educational program as prescribed by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for a student with educational disabilities.
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The mission of the Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology is to provide a responsive educational model that will empower all students, through a standards – equity based academic program founded on expectations for high achievement that will graduate literate, responsible, self-directed persons who have the core knowledge and skills needed to be successful, contributing members of society.