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August 28, 2012

I am saddened to inform you that the Princeton International Academy Charter School will not open for the 2012/2013 school year or any other year.

Although our application to the State of New Jersey Department of Education was approved in January 2010, we were unable to acquire an appropriate school facility within the three school districts specified in our application. We worked tirelessly to find a facility that would be of adequate size and configuration to be a safe and inspiring home for our school. However, zoning issues due to political forces have been the thorn in our sides.

With no foreseeable facility options, the NJ Department of Education denied our most recent request for a planning year extension, thus ending our quest to open a public elementary charter school in the Princeton, South Brunswick, and West Windsor-Plainsboro school districts.

Thank you to everyone who supported us or expressed interest in us through these challenging past 3 years. For your information, there are several other options for Chinese Immersion schools or Chinese language programs in the greater Princeton Area. Please click here to view a list of some of these options.

With humble sincerity,

Bonnie Liao, Ph.D.
Lead Founder & Board Chair


The vision of Princeton International Academy Charter School (PIACS) is to educate young people of all backgrounds consistent with the highest ideals of human development, participatory democracy, and social justice with fluency in two international languages--Chinese and English--to promote a peaceful, ethical, and equitable world. PIACS students will be advocates, leaders, and change agents skilled as thinkers, communicators, and risk-takers who are knowledgeable, caring, and reflective in asking important questions and collaborating wisely, creatively and effectively for answers.

On January 11, 2010, the New Jersey Department of Education approved PIACS application to begin the admissions process to open our doors in September of 2010 for K-2nd graders who reside in our region, which is comprised of Princeton Regional, South Brunswick, and West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional school districts. We invite you to peruse our website and go to our Admissions page for the admissions information and application, to the Schedule page to attend an upcoming information session, and keep up to date at our In The News page.

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