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.
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 on February 3 and July 7. If invited, applicants will submit Full Applications on March 28 (revised) and on August 18, for action by the Board of Regents at its regularly scheduled June and November meetings. Schools authorized in the 2014 Spring and Fall rounds will open to serve students in the 2015-2016 school year.
2014 Round 1 Letters of Intent to Apply to Establish a Charter School
31 applicants submitted a Letter of Intent to Apply to establish a new Board of Regents-authorized charter school to the NYSED Charter School Office by the Round 1 submission deadline of February 3, 2012. Each submitted Letter of Intent was reviewed by Department staff to assess that all requested information was provided.
After review, the Department accepted 16 Letters of Intent and extended invitations to the lead applicants to submit Full Applications. The Full Applications may be submitted either in Round 1 (due date: March 28 - revised) or Round 2 (due date: August 18). The Board of Regents will act on Round 1 applications in June and in Round 2 applications in November.
Summary of 2014 Round 1 (165 KB)
2014 Request for Proposals to Establish Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents - The 2014 New Charter School Application Kit is final and released for use by 2014 Round 1 and 2014 Round 2 applicant groups.
- Application Kit in Word (487 KB) or PDF (544 KB)
- Application Instructions (583 KB)
- Budget Templates (128 KB)
- School Trustee Background Information Form in Word (45 KB) or PDF (22 KB)
- Applicant Questions and Answers (583 KB)
Please address questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.