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.

Fifteen Applicant Groups Submit Full Applications by the Deadline

The Department invited 15 applicant groups to submit a Full Application, and all 15 applicant groups did submit  by the March 20, 2015 deadline.  After April 14th, applicant groups whose applications meet or exceed the evaluation criteria in each of the three major sections of the 2015 RFP will receive an invitation to participate in the Capacity Interview, which is the third stage of the application review process.

2015-Round-1-Full-Applications-Submitted (16 KB)Excel Document

Full Applications Accepted for Review


 

2015 Round 1 Applicant Charter Schools Application Cycle

Fifteen Applicant Groups Advance to the Full Application Stage

Thirty-eight applicant groups received notification of acceptance or non-acceptance of their respective Letters of Intent.  Fifteen applicant groups received a notification of acceptance and an invitation to submit a Full Application.  The deadline for the submission of a Full Application is 3:00 p.m. on March 20, 2015.

An updated listing of all Round 1 Letters of Intent Excel Document (18 KB)


2015 Round 1 Letters of Intent Submitted

Round 2 Letters of Intent Due June 23, 2015

Thirty-eight Round 1 Letters of Intent were submitted by the February 10th deadline.  The accepted Letters of Intent include information about the applicant group and proposed initial board of trustees; school overview including location, planned grades and enrollment; a description of the proposed school's target population and community to be served; planned strategies to recruit and retain students with disabilities, English language learners and students who are economically disadvantaged; a description of public outreach conducted including supporting information about parental interest in the proposed school.

A summary of all submitted Letters of Intent Excel Document (12KB)

All Letters of Intent submitted


 

Charter School 2015 Request for Proposals and Application Kit

The State Education Department announces the release of the 2015 Charter School Request for Proposals (RFP) and Application Kit PDF Document (520KB) for applicant groups seeking to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents to open for instruction in 2016. The RFP also encourages existing Board of Regents-authorized education corporations with proven track records to replicate their successful school models and submit an application to operate additional charter schools.

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Public Comment

Released for Public Comment

The State Education Department announces the release of a draft 2015 Charter School Request for Proposals (RFP) and Application Kit (no longer available) for applicant groups seeking to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents to open for instruction in 2016. The RFP also encourages existing Board of Regents-authorized education corporations with proven track records to replicate their successful school models and submit an application to operate additional charter schools.

Public comment regarding the draft 2015 Charter School RFP and Application Kit will be accepted through Friday, January 23, 2015. All comments will be reviewed and considered. Written comments may be submitted to charterschools@nysed.gov or by mail to Ms. Vickie Smith in the Charter School Office at 5N EB Mezzanine, Albany NY 12234.

The final draft of the 2015 RFP and Application Kit will be released on Monday, January 26, 2015. Interested applicants are encouraged to use the draft 2015 RFP and Application Kit for guidance purposes in preparation for submitting a letter of intent by February 10, 2015.

Last Updated: March 24, 2015