An Act Concerning Conversion of Certain Nonpublic Schools Into Charter Schools, New Jersey

This 2011 New Jersey law allows for high-performing nonpublic schools located in a failing school district to become a charter school.  The law defines a high-performing school as one ranked in the “66th percentile or higher on a norm-referenced achievement test,” prohibits religious instruction and expression after conversion to a charter school, and addresses student enrollment policy and staff certification requirements, as well as use of facilities and building regulation exemptions.

The New Jersey Department of Education announced October 1, 2012, that Philip's Academy Charter School (Newark, East Orange, Irvington), a conversion of St. Philip’s Academy, is the first school to be approved under the law.