Charter School Office

Starting a Charter School - 2018


Overview

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.


2018 Round 2


2018 Round 2
Approved New Charter Schools

During its November 2018 meeting, the Board of Regents approved and issued charters to establish 7 new charter schools considered in the Round 2 application review process.

During its December 2018 meeting, the Board of Regents approved and issued a charter to establish 1 new charter school considered in the Round 2 application review process.

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2018 Round 2
Full Applications
Advancing to Capacity Interviews
To Establish New Charter Schools

Following the review of 29 letters of intent in June to start Round 2 of the 2018 application cycle, the Charter School Office invited 23 applicant groups to submit a full application. By the August 2018 deadline, the Charter School Office received 19 full applications to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. Of these 19 applications, 11 were invited to a Capacity Interview.

2018 Round 2 Full Application


2018 Round 2
Letters of Intent
To Establish New Charter Schools

In response to the 2018 Request for Proposals issued in May, the Charter School Office received 29 "letters of intent" to apply to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. All but six have been invited to submit a full application.

Letters of intent that do not provide all of the requested information or reflect the formatting instructions may begin the process again with a new letter of intent in 2019. 

2018 Round 2 Letters of Intent


2018 Round 2
Request for Proposals
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


2018 Round 1
Approved New Charter Schools

Of the nine groups invited to Capacity Interviews, the Board of Regents approved and issued charters to establish 6 new charter schools considered in the Round 1 application review process during its June 2018 meeting.

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 2018 Round 1
Full Applications
Advancing to Capacity Interviews
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. Of these 11 applications, nine were invited to Capacity Interviews.

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 CharterSchools@nysed.gov. Please type “Applicant Group Questions” in the subject line.


Links to previous application cycles, FAQs, and materials:

Last Updated: February 12, 2019