What Is Central Jersey College Prep Charter School?

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Central Jersey College Prep Charter School (CJCP) is a tuition free, K-12, public charter school located in Somerset, New Jersey. It was established in 2006 with only 77 students, and is now home to 820 students during the school year 2018-19.


The mission of CJCP is to provide academic and social challenges and opportunities for students to attain the skills necessary for success in post-secondary education.

CJCP serves its mission by offering rigorous academic programs, college and career counseling, and extracurricular enrichment activities. College preparation starts in kindergarten at CJCP, with a strong academic and social-emotional curricular foundation. The skill sets and knowledge are then transferred progressively towards the upper grades to accomplish the school’s vision and mission.

Application and Admission

CJCP is open to all students in New Jersey on a space-available basis with preference given to students from Franklin Township, City of New Brunswick, and Township of North Brunswick. CJCP does not impose any eligibility requirements as all students including English Language Learners and Special Education students are encouraged to apply. CJCP does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, or national origin.

Applications may be submitted online at http://www.cjcollegeprep.org/, starting January 1 through March 1,  2019. CJCP selects students for enrollment through a random lottery process that is weighted for students from low-income families, English Language Learners, and homeless students. Students who qualify for the weighted lottery will have their names placed twice as opposed to other students listed only once in the lottery pool. Further information regarding application and enrollment may be found at http://www.cjcollegeprep.org/apply.


-CJCP Earned “Tier 1 School” Status by the NJ DOE, every year since 2013.

-CJCP is a recipient of the 2016 Blue Ribbon School award from the US Department of Education.  Only 326 schools nationwide received this award and CJCP is the only charter school in NJ that received the Blue Ribbon Award in 2016.

-CJCP is also a recipient of several other awards including but not limited to: Silver Category in the Best US High Schools by US News & World Report since 2016, Niche 2017 #1 Best Charter High School in NJ, and 2014-15 High Performing Rewards School by the NJ DOE. CJCP has shown outstanding growth in student achievement through its improved standardized tests results and its 100% Graduation & College Admission Rate every year since 2012.

-Higher test scores in state PARCC assessments than the sending districts. 2018 Spring PARCC Results.

-Colleges attended by CJCP graduates; Bryn Mawr, Cornell, Emory, Fairleigh Dickinson, George Mason, Johns Hopkins, Pennsylvania State, Temple, William and Mary, Princeton, Rutgers, University of California, University of Notre Dame, Michigan State just to name some. %45 Students are first generation college attendees.

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