2 charter schools OK'd for Camden
Published:Tuesday,July 16, 2012,
Courier Post

TRENTON — Two of the nine charter schools given final approval Monday to open in September will be in Camden, the state Department of Education announced.

City Invincible and Knowledge A to Z will be welcoming students when the school year begins.

The design of the Knowledge A-Z Charter School was by Garrison Architects of Marlton as an adaptive reuse of the former Boys and Girls Club on Baird Boulevard. The 30,000SF Charter School will educate 300 grade K-5 students.

“Every child should have the opportunity to attend a high-quality public school that best meets his or her needs and charter schools are an important part of fulfilling that commitment,” said Carlos Perez, president of the New Jersey Charter Schools Association. “In 2011, 94 percent of all charter high school students in New Jersey graduated.

” Five more proposed charter schools for Camden were given another year to gain approval. They are Charter School for Global Leadership, Camden Community, Hope Community, Excellence and New Jersey Virtual, which also plans locations in Perth Amboy, Neptune and Paterson.

The addition of New Jersey Virtual is somewhat controversial. Education advocacy groups say the state does not have legislative authority to endorse cyber learning under existing law.

Earlier, 10 proposed charter schools, including Regis Academy which was to open in Cherry Hill, were denied final approval and did not get another year to get ready.


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