NJCSA Membership

NJCSA Membership


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The New Jersey Charter Schools Association is committed to advancing quality public education for New Jersey’s children through quality public charter schools. We offer four types of membership to New Jersey charter schools, based on their current stage of operation, and an Associate Member level for vendors & suppliers. Membership fees are institutional; prices shown are per school or, in the case of Associate Membership, per company.

We offer the following types of membership, based on your group's operating status:


FOUNDING GROUP: $300/group
This membership is for founding groups who are developing a New Jersey charter school. Dues are renewable every 12 months until your charter application is approved by the authorizer (NJDOE), at which time the Approved Applicant membership fee and benefits will apply and your term will renew.

Benefits include:
  • Advocacy efforts to state and national Legislators, the Administration, the Department of Education and other Government Officials
  • Discounted registration to attend NJCSAevents, including the annual conference
  • Discounted consulting services offered by NJCSA and selected partners
  • Free review of your Charter School Budget & Financial Plan
  • Access to library of former charter school applications (upon request)
  • Access to NJCSA library of school-related templates and forms (upon request)

APPROVED APPLICANT: $500/group
This membership is for groups whose charter school application has been approved at any stage by the authorizer (NJDOE). Planning Year Schools are also eligible for this type. These dues are renewable every 12 months until delivery of the charter from the NJ DOE, at which time the First-Year School membership fee, term and benefits will apply.

Benefits include:
  • Advocacy efforts to state and national Legislators, the Administration, the Department of Education and other Government Officials
  • Discounted registration to attend NJCSA events, including the annual conference
  • Discounted consulting services offered by NJCSA and selected partners, including those focusing on communications, brand development, renewal & expansion support and board governance
  • Review of Charter School Budget & Financial Plan
  • Site visit to review your school facility
  • Attendance by NJCSA representative at your school's first public board meeting 
  • Invitation to participate on Members Council and other members-only discussion groups (via webinar and in-person)
  • Access to NJCSA library of school-related templates and forms (upon request)
  • Contract pricing on supplies and services from group purchasing partners (activation required)
  • Invitation to apply for grants provided by NJCSA (when available)

OPERATING SCHOOL: $12/student/year
FIRST-YEAR SCHOOL: $6/student/year
These membership types are for charter schools that have received their charter and are educating students. The year-long membership term is July 1 to June 30 and cannot be pro-rated. First-Year Schools receive 50% off the Operating School fee. Dues must be paid in full by October 31 of each year.

Benefits include:
  • Advocacy efforts to state and national Legislators, the Administration, the Department of Education and other Government Officials
  • Discounted registration to attend NJCSA events, including the annual conference
  • Discounted consulting services offered by NJCSA and selected partners, including those focusing on communications, brand development, renewal & expansion support and board governance
  • Charter renewal consultation meeting
  • Access to NJCSA library of school-related templates and forms (upon request)
  • Review of your Charter School Budget & Financial Plan
  • Invitation to participate on Members Council and other members-only discussion groups (via webinar and in-person)
  • Contract pricing on supplies and services from group purchasing partners (activation required)
  • Invitation to apply for grants provided by NJCSA (when available)
  • Telephone & e-mail support
  • Opportunity to purchase individual liability insurance through Association of American Educators

ASSOCIATE MEMBER: $600
This membership level is exclusively for companies that are vendors, suppliers or consultants and want to reach the charter school market. This membership terms runs from January to December, and is renewable each year. Associate Membership will not be prorated, so make plans to join (or renew) in late December each year in order to maximize your benefits.

  • Company profile and logo in our Associate Member Directory, posted on our website and delivered periodically to members
  • Discounted badges, booth space & advertisement space at the annual NJCSA conference, plus an invitation to the coveted Member's-only Annual Conference Vendor Pre-sale -- choose & buy your booth two weeks before nonmembers can!
  • Free subscription to e-newsletters
  • Mailing list of NJCSA members (in Microsoft Excel; available upon your request; no e-mails are included)
  • Priority mention by NJCSA to schools seeking services & products — when schools call us for vendor referrals, we’ll direct them to the Associate Member list first
  • Access to our School Services team to answer your general questions about policy and regulations affecting your charter school customers

Note to Potential Conference Vendors: Reserving and buying a booth space at the annual conference is a completely different and separate process from becoming a member, and membership is not required to be an exhibitor at the annual conference, and booth space is not guaranteed to members. Any company representative who plans to either buy a member-discounted booth or work in the member booth must be entered into your company's member roster prior to buying a booth or ad space.

 

Contact Information

  • Carrie Wetherby
    Manager of Membership & Events
    New Jersey Charter Schools Association
    609-989-9700, ext. 4410

Payment Instructions


  • Membership is not valid until dues are paid in full. The Association reserves the right to deny or revoke membership at its sole discretion.

    Please note: Each employee from your school or company who will be applying the member discount to attend member meetings, workshops, and/or the Annual Conference (even to buy a booth/ad/sponsorship) is required to be added as a member prior to registering for the event.

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