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Number of charters using common online app grows fivefold

For the third straight year, the city’s charter sector has made it easier to apply to charter schools.

This year, 110 of the city’s 136 charter schools will be allowing students to use a digital version of the common application to apply to multiple schools by their April deadlines. Charter schools are not allowed to close applications before April 1.

Until two years ago, families applying to charters schools had to fill out individual applications for each school or network of schools they wanted to attend. In 2010, the city debuted a common application system on paper by which students could apply to multiple schools using a single application. Last year, city’s main charter advocacy organization, the Charter Center, devised the Common Online Charter Application to give students access to the common application online for 20 pilot schools.

The push to streamline the charter school application process counters criticism that some schools’ applications are time-consuming, complicated, and too onerous for some families. The common application may also help schools draw more applicants and maintain longer waiting lists — one figure the charter sector points to as evidence the public wants more charter schools.

The online application asks students for their names, addresses, current school, and other the basic information needed to enter the lotteries that take place when schools receive more applicants than they have seats to fill. Many of the schools also have their own applications.

This year, the online forms will be available in Spanish, Haitian Creole and French for the first time.

Two notable networks that aren’t on the list are the Success Academy Charter Network and KIPP, but a spokesperson for the Charter Center said Success would be joining the list.

The list of schools participating:

Academy of the City Charter School
Achievement First Apollo Elementary School
Achievement First Brownsville Elementary School
Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School
Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary School
Achievement First East New York Elementary School
Achievement First Endeavor Elementary School
Achievement First Endeavor Middle School
Amber Charter School
Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School
Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School
Beginning with Children Charter School
Beginning with Children II Charter School
Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School
Bronx Charter School for Excellence
Bronx Charter School for the Arts
Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls Charter School
Bronx Preparatory Charter School
Brooklyn Ascend Charter School
Brooklyn Dreams Charter School
Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School
Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
Brooklyn Scholars Charter School
Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School
Broome Street Academy Charter High School
Brownsville Ascend Charter School
Brownsville Collegiate Charter School
Bushwick Ascend Charter School
Canarsie Ascend Charter School
Carl C. Icahn Charter School 1
Carl C. Icahn Charter School 3
Carl C. Icahn Charter School 4
Carl C. Icahn Charter School 5
Carl C. Icahn Charter School 6
Central Queens Academy Charter School

Children’s Aid College PrepCommunity Partnership Charter School
Community Roots Charter School
Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School
Democracy Prep Charter High School
Democracy Prep Charter Middle School
Democracy Prep Harlem Middle School
Democracy Prep III Middle School
DREAM Charter School
East Harlem Scholars Academy
Excellence Boys Charter School
Excellence Girls Charter School
Fahari Academy Charter School
Future Leaders Institute Charter School
Girls Prep Bronx (Public Prep Schools)
Girls Prep Lower East Side (Public Prep Schools)
Grand Concourse Academy Charter School
Green Dot New York Charter School
Growing Up Green Charter School
Harlem Link Charter School
Harlem Prep Elementary School
Hyde Leadership Charter School (Bronx)
Hyde Leadership Charter School (Brooklyn)
Icahn Charter School 2
Imagine Me Leadership Charter School
Innovate Manhattan Charter School
Invictus Preparatory Charter School
Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School
John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter School
John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School
Kings Collegiate Charter School
La Cima Charter School
Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School
Leadership Prep #4 Charter School
Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant Charter School
Leadership Prep Brownsville Charter School
Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Charter School
Lefferts Gardens Charter School
Manhattan Charter School
Manhattan Charter School II
Merrick Academy Charter School
Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School
Mott Hall Charter School
New Dawn Charter High School
New Heights Academy Charter School
New Hope Academy Charter School
New World Preparatory Charter School
New York City Montessori Charter School
Ocean Hill Collegiate Charter School
Opportunity Charter School
Our World Neighborhood Charter School
PAVE Academy Charter School
Riverton Street Charter School
Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School
Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem
South Bronx Classical Charter School
St Hope Leadership Academy
Staten Island Community Charter School
Summit Academy Charter School
Teaching Firms of America-Professional Preparatory Charter School
The Bronx Charter School for Better Learning
The Bronx Charter School for Children
The Brooklyn Charter School
The Cultural Arts Academy at Spring Creek Charter School
The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School
The Ethical Community Charter School
The Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem
The Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation
The Renaissance Charter School
The UFT Charter School
Urban Dove
VOICE Charter School
Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School

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