Charter School Office

Starting a Charter School - 2019


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.


2019 Round 2


 2019 Round 2 
Full Applications
To Establish New Charter Schools

Following the review of 23 letters of intent in April in Round 2 of the 2019 application cycle, the Charter School Office invited 8 of the applicant groups to submit a full application.  By the May 6th deadline, the Charter School Office received 8 full applications to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. The applications are currently under review.

2019 Round 2 Full Applications


2019 Round 2
Letters of Intent
To Establish New Charter Schools

In response to the 2019 Request for Proposals issued in April, the Charter School Office received 23 "letters of intent" to apply to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. Eight applicant groups have been invited to submit a full application due in May. The letters of intent that did not provide all of the requested information or did not reflect the formatting instructions may begin the process again with a new letter of intent in 2020. 

2019 Round 2 Letters of Intent


2019 Round 2
Requests for Proposals

To Establish New Charter Schools
Authorized by the Board of Regents

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 2019 application cycle for proposed charter schools seeking to commence instruction in the 2020-2021 school year.

Round 2: All applicant groups, whether proposing to locate in New York City or statewide, are eligible to apply in round 2 of the 2019 RFP if all other application eligibility criteria set forth in this application are met.  Please submit a Letter of Intent by April 5th, 2019 in the NYSED Charter School Office's Web Portal by 3:00 PM EST.

2019 Round 2 Application Cycle

Submission Rounds Letter of Intent Due Full Application Due Regents Action
Round 2
Statewide
April 5
May 6
November 4-5

Application Materials:


Resources:

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


2019 Round 1


2019 Round 1 - New York City Only
Full Applications
To Establish New Charter Schools

By the January 10th deadline, the Charter School Office received 5 full applications to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents.

The full applications are currently under review, 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.

2019 Round 1 Full Applications


2019 Round 1
Requests for Proposals

To Establish New Charter Schools
Authorized by the Board of Regents

For Round 1: Applications will be accepted only if: 
• The proposed district of location is New York City; 
• The applicant group meets all other application eligibility criteria set forth in this RFP; and 
• The applicant group is replicating an existing Board of Regents authorized education corporation. 

Existing education corporations authorized by the Board of Regents with one or more unopened charter schools that have requested to delay, or are delaying, the opening of a school or schools at the time of submission are not eligible to apply for a new charter under the 2019 RFP. 

2019 Round 1 Application Cycle

Submission Rounds Letter of Intent Due Full Application Due Regents Action
Round 1
New York City Only

N/A
January 10
June 3-4

 


Links to previous application cycles, FAQs, and materials:

Last Updated: May 17, 2019