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.
2014 NEW CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION TIMELINE
In 2014, the Charter School Office will conduct two rounds of new school application review: Spring and Fall. Letters of Intent will be accepted in February and in August. If invited, applicants will submit Full Applications in March and in September, for action by the Board of Regents at their regularly scheduled June and December meetings. Schools authorized in the 2014 Spring and Fall rounds will open to serve students in the 2015-2016 school year.
For more details, see: 2014 APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS AND TIMELINE
The Draft 2014 Charter School Application Kit will be posted for public comment in late November.
2013 Full Applications Received
Twenty-eight new charter school applications were accepted for review under the 2013 Request for Proposals to Establish Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents, which was formally released on September 4, 2013. At the conclusion of a comprehensive evaluation process, Charter School Office staff will make recommendations to the Board of Regents for action at the December, 2013, meeting. Schools that are issued a charter in December, 2013, will open and begin serving students in the 2014-2015 school year.
NYSED Charter School Office invites members of the public to comment on 2013 new charter school Full Applications, currently under review by NYSED. Comments will be accepted and considered throughout the review process, until one week prior to Board of Regents action on the applications in December 2013. Comments may be submitted by email to email@example.com or by paper mail to: NYSED Charter School Office, 5N EB Mezzanine, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234. Questions may be addressed to Susan Megna, New Schools Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-474-1762.
2013 Round 2 Letters of Intent
On September 11, the Charter School Office accepted 28 Letters of Intent into the 2013 Formal Round 2 review process. The lead applicants were invited to submit a Full Application and move forward into the next stage of review.
Of the accepted Letters of Intent, 22 plan to open schools in New York City (Bronx 6, Brooklyn 4, Manhattan 5, Queens 4 and Staten Island 3). Outside of New York City, applicants propose to open schools in Rochester 3, Buffalo 1, Oswego 1 and Potsdam 1. Eleven applicants are to establish high schools and five are middle - high schools. Five are middle schools; six are elementary schools and one is proposed to serve grades 3 - 12.
Full Applications are due on September 18, 2013. The Board of Regents will take action on these applications at the December 2013 meeting.
2013 Request for Proposals to Establish Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents
- 2013 Charter Schools Application (568 KB)
- NYSED 2013 Charter School Budget Templates (252 KB)
- School Trustee Background Information Sheet (50 KB) (86 KB)
- 2013 New Charter School Application Submission Directions (25 KB)
(138 KB) This Document will be updated regularly. Please address any additional questions to email@example.com
- 2013 Round 1 Applicant Questions and Answers - Feb. 26, 2013 (33KB)
2013 Formal Round 2 Important Dates
Formal Round 2 opens on September 3, 2013
Letter of Intent: Due September 4, 2013 5:00 p.m.
Full Application: Due September 18, 2013 5:00 p.m.
2013 Preliminary Round 1
2013 Preliminary Round 1 provided applicants with an opportunity to submit Full Applications in advance of Formal Round 2, which opens on September 3, 2013. Round 1 application review has now been completed. Five Full Applications were found by review and interview panels to meet the criteria outlined in the 2013 Request for Proposals to Establish Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents. These proposals will be formally submitted by the lead applicants, for final review in Round 2. The process will include required public hearings, criminal background clearance, and ongoing public comment. Applicants with proposals that were not found by Round 1 review and interview panels to meet the criteria outlined in the Request for Proposals may withdraw the Round 1 submission, and modify and re-submit a proposal in Round 2.
- 2013 Round 1 New Charter School Full Applications
- Summary of 2013 Round 1 New Charter School Full Applications (2 MB)
- 2013 Round 1 Letters of Intent invited to submit Full Applications
- Summary of 2013 Round 1 Letters of Intent Received (61 KB)