Charter School Office

Starting a Charter School - 2018

2018 Request for Proposals
Round 2 - 2018
To Establish New Charter Schools

The New York State Education Department supports high-quality educational opportunities for all students in New York State. Toward the aim of creating a diverse portfolio of innovative charter schools that produce strong outcomes for all children through a rigorous new school process, the Department has updated the Request for Proposals (RFP) to Establish New York State Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents for the 2018 application cycle. The 2018 application cycles are for proposed charter schools seeking to commence instruction in the 2019-2020 school year.

New for the 2018 application cycles, is the release of two separate RFPs:

  1. The "Standard" RFP: This is only for new operator applicant groups applying to establish new charter schools.
  2. The "Replicator" RFP: This is for applicant groups operating existing Board of Regents-authorized education corporations seeking to establish additional charter schools.

The RFP and Application Kits contain information about the charter process and provide the evaluation criteria, or “prompts and questions”, for applicant groups to address when developing applications for new charter schools. The timelines for both RFPs are the same, although the requirements contained within each RFP differ:

2018 Application Cycle

Submission Rounds Letter of Intent Due Full Application Due Regents Action
Round 2 Application Cycle
July 9
August 16
November 5-6

Application Materials:

 2018 Round 1
Full Applications
To Establish New Charter Schools

Following the review of 19 letters of intent in January to start Round 1 of the 2018 application cycle, the Charter School Office invited 14 of the applicant groups to submit a full application.  By the March 14th deadline, the Charter School Office received 11 full applications to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents.

The full applications are under review through early April, and successful applicant groups will be invited to a capacity interview. Following the review process, the Board of Regents will consider staff recommendations and vote to approve or deny applications during its June meeting.

2018 Round 1 Full Applications

2018 Round 1
Letters of Intent
To Establish New Charter Schools

In response to the 2018 Request for Proposals issued in January, the Charter School Office received 19 "letters of intent" to apply to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. All letters of intent will be reviewed to ensure that each is complete, provides thorough and robust information, and is likely to address the Board of Regents' rigorous standards in the full application. Letters of intent that do not provide all of the requested information or reflect the formatting instructions will not be accepted.

All of those who submitted letters of intent will be notified of the outcome by February 14, 2018. Those who are not invited to the full application stage of Round 1 may begin the process again with a new letter of intent in Round 2 later this year. 

2018 Round 1 Letters of Intent

Our Information Webinar and slideshow from 01/31/2018 are available to you as resources by following this link. Questions regarding the application process and procedures may be directed to Please type “Applicant Group Questions” in the subject line.

Links to previous application cycles, FAQs, and materials:

Last Updated: May 23, 2018