Charter School Office

Starting a Charter School

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.

2016 Round 1 Charters Issued and

2016 Round 2 Applicants Submit LOI’s

At its June meeting, the Board of Regents approved and issued charters to establish three new charter schools considered in the 2016 Round 1 application review process.  Congratulations to the Trustees of the following new schools:

REACH Academy Charter School (Buffalo Public Schools)

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter High School (NYC Brooklyn: CSD 13)

WHIN Music Community Charter School (NYC Manhattan: CSD 6)

See these applications at:

A second opportunity to submit an application to start a charter school is underway. Twenty-five of 33 applicant groups submitted their respective Letters of Intent to Apply for a Charter  (LOI’s) by the June 28th deadline. A review panel is in the process of reviewing these LOI’s and upon completion successful applicant groups will be invited to submit a Full Application. Click on the links below to view the Round 2 submissions.


2016 Round 2 List of LOI Submissions Excel Document

2016 Round 2 LOI Submissions




3:00 PM ON Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The State Education Department has re-opened the portal for the applicant group submissions of a 2016 Round 2 Letter of Intent to Apply for a Charter School authorized by the Board of Regents to open for instruction in 2017. The 2016 RFP expresses the Board of Regents' continued interest in replicating high quality or promising school designs and authorizing innovative new schools, but eliminates specific replication eligibility criteria. The Department will recommend high quality applications submitted in Round 2 to the Board of Regents for action in November 2016.

Applications must be submitted via the Department’s online portal at Please see the 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP) and Application Kit and instructions for submission below.

Application Materials

Last Updated: July 11, 2016