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Creativity CoLaboratory Charter School

Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus, Camden’s Charter School Network, and a founding board of local community leaders (from eight townships in Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester Counties) announced that the Creativity CoLaboratory Charter School will open its doors in September, 2019.

Apply Today! Enrollment Lottery August 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Appel Farm.
Applications for this Lottery due by August 7, 2019 at 11:59pm.

This TUITION-FREE CHOICE for middle school students in 5-8th grade will provide personalized hands-on, creative and fun learning that helps prepare youth with 21st century skills. The Creativity CoLaboratory will offer a STEAM Curriculum that puts arts in the mix: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math. The arts teach communication and expression. Arts integration at school makes learning even more accessible, fun and effective for every type of kid.

Students from Pittsgrove, Elmer, Upper Pittsgrove, Alloway, Woodstown/Pilesgrove, Upper Deerfield, Elk, Franklin, South Harrison school districts will be given priority, though students from anywhere in New Jersey will also be eligible. Read more below! 


To create a nurturing and compelling learning community that engages young people in an arts integrated STEAM curriculum, allowing them to thrive and be their best selves.


Keep up with the most recent news about Creativity CoLaboratory Charter School at Appel Farm!

Announcing the Principal and Director of Creativity CoLaboratory Charter School

Lori Vilary, J.D.

Founder, Cori Solomon, and the Board are thrilled to announce that Lori Vilary, J.D., has been hired as the Principal and Director. Ms. Vilary brings eleven years of hands-on knowledge in education and school leadership to this critical role. With experience as Assistant Principal in the Cape May County Special Services School District, a coordinator and teacher for students with disabilities in Logan Township and Woodstown, NJ, and general counsel for a corporate marketing firm, Ms. Vilary is excited to utilize her unique skill set to further the mission of Creativity CoLaboratory and encourage students to become their best selves. “I’ve been searching for an educational leadership position closer to my home in Salem County that would embrace my creativity and ability to think outside the box to individualize learning for students. I’m passionate about education and I’m driven to deliver high-quality work in a school that embraces individuality and creativity while building students’ self-confidence,” said Lori Vilary, Creativity CoLaboratory Principal. Click here to learn more about Lori!

Creativity CoLaboratory Charter School Ready to Open in September.

Creativity CoLaboratory Charter School at Appel Farm (C3) is steaming ahead to welcome students into New Jersey’s first arts integrated middle school for this fall.

The team at Creativity CoLaboratory has taken great strides forward in preparation of opening the school in September, 2019, including gaining all of the necessary approvals from the State and the Department of Education. Creativity CoLaboratory Founder and Appel Farm’s Executive Director, Cori Solomon, said, “I am 100% confident that the school will induct its first classes of students in September, 2019 and that every student and family connected to us through this community will experience an amazing school year.” New Jersey Department of Education officials conducted a Preparedness Site Visit in May, citing that C3 has met the critical requirements with regard to the school board, facilities, program, and policies. Successful fire, safety and health inspections were also conducted in May, ensuring that the school meets all of the necessary regulations to keep our students healthy and safe. With only a few open seats for rising 8th graders, the other 93 of the 96 students enrolled are sure to be thriving in September. Interested families can learn more and apply online at The school’s next lottery will be held June 14th. 

Creativity CoLaboratory, the state’s first arts integrated charter school, focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) fields and is open to middle school students who wish to explore their world through hands-on, project-based learning. In alignment with the New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards, C3 provides students with the skills and tools needed to thrive in the 21st Century – creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration – which will better prepare them for the professional world of the future.  



Teach at Creativity CoLaboratory Charter School

Creativity CoLaboratory Charter School is recruiting and hiring for all teachers related to a STEAM 5th-8th Grade Middle School. All those interested should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Stay Involved

Join our mailing list, get involved with the charter school, and learn about opportunities for enrollment, school planning and development, community outreach, faculty and staff, and educational partnerships: Get Involved with Creativity CoLaboratory. If you have any other questions, you can always email us at [email protected] or call 856-358-2472.


2 students with teacher looking into microscopeWe know that experiences affect learning. We know that educating the whole-child is essential to raising thoughtful, contributing community members. We know that students will master more when they are engaged in their learning and having fun. We know that not all students flourish in a traditional learning environment. We know that alternative, arts integrated education models work and help students thrive.

A group of committed citizens has identified a need in our community; a need for a school that will help all students be their best. This group also deeply believes in the core values of Appel Farm – Safety, Community, Diversity, Fun, & Personal Growth – and recognizes Appel Farm’s successful approach to arts education. To that end we have decided to start a charter school, housed at Appel Farm and based on their approach, but that is an independent organization. Please join us in helping our community by showing your support and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to succeed. ~ The Founding Board


2 girls with a creative science experimentFor young people to be successful they need to learn how to think, not what to think.

We believe that learning should be fun and exciting and that youth should be actively involved in their education. The rigorous STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) curriculum will be anchored in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and will be delivered in a digitally-enhanced, project-based learning environment. Relevant, hands-on programming will integrate the school and community to create an authentic education experience. The development of character, leadership skills, and community responsibility is at the heart of our whole-child approach and ensures students have the knowledge and skills to become contributing members of a democratic society.

Click here to see the Creativity CoLaboratory 2019-2020 School Calendar!

Click here to learn more about the Creativity CoLaboratory Daily Schedule and Courses!


Teens smiling & laughingCreativity CoLaboratory Students will benefit from:

  • Cultural experiences to connect students with real world opportunities
  • Learning from a range of professionals in diverse career fields
  • 1:1 Technology
  • Weekend retreats

The Benefits of STEAM Education

  • Exploring multiple subjects simultaneously through a STEAM education model allows students to consider a broader range of perspectives when solving problems. Whereas traditional education models teach fact-based knowledge, STEAM education provides students with the tools needed to thrive in the 21st century: creativity, innovation, communication, and collaboration.
  • Arts students are 55% more likely to attend post-secondary schools than students who don’t take arts classes.
    The more arts classes taken in high school the higher the student achievement in GPA, graduation rate, state tests, and SAT.
  • The more arts classes students take, the less likely they are to drop out by nearly 20% across the arts disciplines.
    When liberal arts are integrated with science, project-based learning, and technology, student achievement increases in science and math as well. STEAM prepares students for the future and acts as a catalyst to accelerate learning.


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