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.

2015 Charter School Request for Proposals and Application

New Background Check Requirements for Applicants - The State Education Department has established new background check requirements (20 KB) for all applicants seeking to establish Board of Regents-authorized charter schools.  Effective immediately, applicants must satisfy these requirements earlier in the process, beginning with the submission of Letters of Intent (LOI). 

Boards of Trustees of Regents-authorized charter schools seeking to add new members must also comply with the new requirements.  For updated information, please go to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/psc/AddingBoardofTrusteeMembers.html. Questions about the new requirements may be directed to each school's Charter School Office liaison.


2014 Charter School Application Cycle (for Guidance Purposes Only)

2013 Charter School Application Cycle (for Guidance Purposes Only)

2012 Charter School Application Cycle (for Guidance Purposes Only)

2011 Charter School Application Cycle (for Guidance Purposes Only)

2010 Charter School Application Cycle (for Guidance Purposes Only)

Last Updated: December 12, 2014