Charter School Office

Starting a Charter School - 2020



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.


2020 Requests for Proposals (RFP)
To Establish New Charter Schools
Authorized by the Board of Regents

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 posted a draft of the 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) to Establish New York State Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents for public comment.  

Please submit all public comments by email to by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. If you should have any questions, please submit by email or by phone to 518-474-1762.

2020 Application Cycle

NYSED will provide only one opportunity in 2020 for new and existing operators to submit applications to establish new charter schools. If approved in 2020, all newly established charter schools would commence instruction in the 2021-2022 school year.

Deadline for submission of public comments is 3:00 p.m. on
Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Submit to

Submission Rounds

Letter of Intent Due

Full Application Due

Regents Action


Round 1
 (No Round 2 planned for 2020)


February 24


March 31


September 14-15

Priority School Designs Aligned with Regents Strategic Priorities (refer to Draft 2020 RFP and Application Kit)

  • Bilingual and/or dual-language models;
  • Career and technical education (CTE) models that have sought or will seek NYSED CTE program approval;
  • Innovative special education models that focus on the provision of services to a specific disability group;
  • Over-age, under-credited (transfer) high schools;
  • Partnerships with existing community-based organizations (CBOs) and/or institution of higher education in the school district or region in which the CBO and/or institution of higher education is established; and
  • Replications of existing high-quality school models that have a track record of providing a significant educational benefit to at-risk students.


A high-quality school model is one that meets or exceeds the standards of the NYSED Charter School Performance Framework as well as meets the definition of “high-quality charter school” pursuant to ESEA §4310(8)(a)-(d). Applicants applying for replication must meet all criteria under ESEA §4310(8) (i.e., 4310(8)(a) through (d)).

Application Materials:



Questions may be directed to the Charter School Office. Please type "Applicant Group Questions" in the subject line.

Links to previous application cycles, FAQs, and materials:

Last Updated: January 14, 2020