Charter School Office

Starting a Charter School


An application to establish a new Board of Regents-authorized charter school in New York State may be submitted by one or more individuals who are teachers, parents, school administrators or community residents, under an open competitive RFP process as is set forth in NYS Education Law, Article 56 Charter Schools Act. The Board of Regents will only approve applications that clearly demonstrate a strong capacity for establishing and operating a high quality charter school. This standard requires a strong educational program, organizational plan, and financial plan, as well as clear evidence of the capacity of the founding group to implement the proposal and operate the school effectively.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) Charter School Office releases for public comment a draft of the 2017 Request for Proposals (RFP) to Establish New York State Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents

The New York State Education Department Charter School Office has released the 2017 Request for Proposals (RFP) PDF Document to Establish New York State Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents for public comment. NYSED is currently seeking public comment on the 2017 New Charter School RFP until 9:00 am on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Please type “RFP Public Comment” on the subject line and email comments to CharterSchools@nysed.gov.

2017 Application Cycle: Important Deadlines

Submission Rounds LOI Due Full Application Due Regents Action
Round 1 Application Cycle
February 15
March 17
June 12-13
Round 2 Application Cycle
July 7
August 18
November 13-14

Applicant groups, please note that the first deadline for the submission of Round 1 Letters of Intent (LOI) is February 15th. Should applicant groups have questions related to the application process or procedures, please type “Applicant Group Questions” on the subject line and email questions to CharterSchools@nysed.gov.


2016 Round 2 

Fourteen of 15 Applicant Groups Submit 

Full Applications by Deadline

Fourteen of the 15 applicant groups invited to submit a Full Application did so by the August 16, 2016 deadline. The Full Applications are under review now until September 9th.  Successful applicant groups (particularly those members who are proposed to sit on the board of trustees) will be invited to participate in a Capacity Interview. The Capacity Interviews scheduled for September 26th through October 7th.  Following this stage of the review process, The Board of Regents will consider staff recommendations and vote to approve or deny applications at its November 14th-15th meeting.

2016 Round 2 Full Applications

2016 Round 2 List of Applications by School District/NYC CSD Excel Document


2016 Round 2 Applicants

Fifteen Applicant Groups Invited to Submit Full Applications

Fifteen of 25 applicant groups submitting a Letter of Intent were invited to submit a Full Application, which are due by August 16, 2016.  Upon receipt, the Full Applications will undergo review between August 16th to September 9th and successful applicant groups will be invited to a Capacity Interview between September 26th – October 7th.   Following this stage of the review process, The Board of Regents will consider staff recommendations and vote to approve or deny applications at its November 14th-15th meeting.

2016 Round 2 LOI Submissions

2016 Round 2 LOI Submissions Accepted Excel Document


2016 Round 1 Charters Issued and

2016 Round 2 Applicants Submit LOI’s

At its June meeting, the Board of Regents approved and issued charters to establish three new charter schools considered in the 2016 Round 1 application review process.  Congratulations to the Trustees of the following new schools:

REACH Academy Charter School (Buffalo Public Schools)

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter High School (NYC Brooklyn: CSD 13)

WHIN Music Community Charter School (NYC Manhattan: CSD 6)

See these applications at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/psc/2016Round1FullApp.html

A second opportunity to submit an application to start a charter school is underway. Twenty-five of 33 applicant groups submitted their respective Letters of Intent to Apply for a Charter  (LOI’s) by the June 28th deadline. A review panel is in the process of reviewing these LOI’s and upon completion successful applicant groups will be invited to submit a Full Application. Click on the links below to view the Round 2 submissions.

2016 Round 2 List of LOI Submissions Excel Document


Application Materials

Last Updated: January 10, 2017