For Immediate Release: October 1, 2021
Contact: Jason Novak / / 203-641-6681


212 NYC Charter Schools Available to Applicants Within One Application

(NEW YORK) – The New York City Charter School Center announced today the official launch of the Common Online Charter School Application for the 2022-2023 school year, allowing families to apply, through a single application, to multiple schools at once. The Common Online Charter School Application has grown to include 212 participating schools across the five boroughs. The application is simple to use and offered in 10 different languages including English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Urdu, Bengali, Korean and Russian.

The early launch coincides with schools’ Open House season. Before applying families can learn more about what charter schools have to offer their child by visiting these schools – both virtually and in-person. The Charter Center’s online Charter School Open House Calendar provides families with the dates of charter schools’ recruitment and community events that are open to the public.

“Every child deserves a high-quality education, and every parent deserves to be able to find the right school for their child without having to navigate a complicated bureaucracy – and that’s exactly what the Common Online Charter School Application helps accomplish,” said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter Center. “During this pandemic, charter schools have proven their commitment to their students and families – they provide quality options for NYC’s children. We, in turn, want to make it simple for families to find and apply to the charter schools they think will best fit their child’s needs.”

Each year tens of thousands of families apply to NYC charter schools using the free, simple Common Online Charter School Application:

  • Of the 90,000 applications submitted for the 2021-22 school year, 54% were for schools in the Bronx; 21% in Manhattan; 13% in Brooklyn; 11% in Queens; 1% in Staten Island
  • 28% of last year’s applications self-identified as English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • 18% came from students with learning disabilities (SWDs)
  • Families applied to an average of 6 schools at one time.

Through the Common Online Charter School Application, the Open House Calendar and the Charter Center’s school finder, families have direct access to the information they need – grades, location, proficiency scores, demographics, etc. – to make the best educational choice for their children.

The common application does not affect applications to district school programs; families are encouraged to apply before April 1, 2022. For more information on New York City’s public charter schools, visit