Why Queen City Academy

The Friends of Foundation is a newly formed group developed to support the efforts of the Queen City Academy Charter School.

Did You Know...

  • QCA is the oldest charter school in Plainfield, QCA was chartered in 1998 and now has 256 students grades K-8
  • As of June 2013, there are still 171 students on the wait list for the past academic year
  • We do more with less, our school gets 90% funding per pupil compared to traditional public schools
  • We are the oldest charter in union county
  • QCA is the only NJ Charter that has been awarded Middle States Accreditation
  • 80% of the students qualify for the free and reduced rate lunch program

What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are independent public schools allowed freedom to be more innovative, while being held accountable for improved student achievement.
A new study by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reports that these innovative schools are “providing excellent learning opportunities for students.”

The report’s analysis notes that students who attended charter schools for four years have “stronger achievement growth than traditional public school students and non-CMO charter students in both reading and math.”

The study also looks at charter schools vs. public schools in an array of states, including Florida, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

In every case, it seems that charter school students outrank their traditional public school peers. For example, the study reports that “on average, students in Washington, D.C. who attended public charter schools scored 15 and 16 percent of a standard deviation better in reading and math respectively.”

In New Jersey, students enrolled in urban charter schools learn significantly more in both math and reading compared to their traditional public school peers.

For more information on New Jersey charter schools, please visit: http://njcharters.org/

Why Choose a Charter School?

As of September 2012 there are over 30,000 students enrolled in public charter schools in NJ. A charter school is open to all students on a space-available basis, with preference given to children who reside in the district in which the charter school is located. we conduct a lottery three times a year for available spots. All classroom teachers, principals and professional support staff must hold New Jersey certification. Department of Education’s interim report of January 18, 2011, entitled “Charter Schools in New Jersey,” concluding that NJ charter schools are outperforming the traditional public schools in their districts.