Charter School Office

Starting a Charter School

2018 Request for Proposals
To Establish New Charter Schools

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) 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 cycle are for proposed charter schools seeking to commence instruction in the 2019-2020 school year.

New for the 2018 application cycle, 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: Is for applicant groups operating existing Board of Regents-authorized Education Corporations seeking to operate additional charter schools

*The timelines for both RFPs are the same although the requirements contained within each RFP differ.

The RFP and Application Kit contain information about the charter process and provide the evaluation criteria or “prompts and questions” for applicant groups to address when constructing applications for new public charter schools in New York State.

The proposed new school RFP timeline is as follows:

2018 Application Cycle

Submission Rounds LOI Due Full Application Due Regents Action
Round 1 Application Cycle
February 8
March 14
June 11-12
Round 2 Application Cycle
July 9
August 16
November 5-6

Application Materials:

Questions regarding the application process and procedures may be directed to Please type “Applicant Group Questions” on the subject line.

Links to previous application cycles, FAQs, and materials:

Last Updated: January 19, 2018