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.
Updated 2015 Round 3 Charter School Application Cycle
The Department received 15 full applications in response to an additional opportunity to submit a charter school application in 2015. These applications, which were submitted by the October 5, 2015 deadline, are currently under review.
2015 Round 3 - NYSED Announces an Additional Opportunity to
Establish New Charter Schools
The New York State Education Department’s Charter School Office (“NYSED”) announces a third opportunity in 2015 to submit applications to establish new high quality charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. Applications may be submitted by applicant groups consisting of teachers, parents, school administrators, community residents, existing education corporations, or any combination thereof. To be eligible for a charter, applicant groups and their proposed boards of trustees must demonstrate the capacity to successfully launch and open a new school in 2016.
The timeline for Round 3 is compressed to allow the Board of Regents to consider and take action on high quality applications at its December 14-15, 2015 meeting. Applicants are NOT required to submit Letters of intent for this Round, but are required to submit Full Applications on or before. The full announcement and timeline are posted below with the 2015 RFP and Application Kit.
Updated 2015 Round 2 Charter School Application Cycle
Eleven Full Applications Submitted
Eleven full applications were received by the deadline of 3:00 p.m. on August 18, 2015. Eight of the accepted applicant groups have withdrawn from further consideration by the Board of Regents.
2015 Round 2 Charter School Application Cycle
Thirteen Applicant Groups Advance to the Full Application Stage
Fifty-one applicant groups received notification of acceptance or non-acceptance of their respective Letters of Intent. Seventeen applicant groups received acceptance letters and an invitation to submit a Full Application. Four of the accepted applicant groups have withdrawn from further consideration by the Board of Regents. The deadline for the submission of a Full Application is 3:00 p.m. on August 18, 2015. An updated listing of all Round 1 Letters of Intent is below.
Round 2 Charter School Applications Submissions Deadline is
3:00 p.m. on June 23, 2015
The State Education Department will open the 2015 Round 2 Charter Application Cycle in June. Please refer to the 2015 Charter School Request for Proposals (RFP) and Application Kit for specific submission requirements. Applicant groups seeking to establish new charter schools and existing Board of Regents-authorized education corporations with proven track records seeking to replicate their successful school models are encouraged to submit applications
- Online Submission Instructions
- New Applicant and Prospective School Trustee Background Information form
- Applicant Group Information form
- Charter School RFP Budget and Cash Flow Templates
- Frequently Asked Questions
Fifteen Applicant Groups Submit Full Applications by the Deadline
The Department invited 15 applicant groups to submit a Full Application, and all 15 applicant groups did submit by the March 20, 2015 deadline. After April 14th, applicant groups whose applications meet or exceed the evaluation criteria in each of the three major sections of the 2015 RFP will receive an invitation to participate in the Capacity Interview, which is the third stage of the application review process.
2015 Round 1 Applicant Charter Schools Application Cycle
Fifteen Applicant Groups Advance to the Full Application Stage
Thirty-eight applicant groups received notification of acceptance or non-acceptance of their respective Letters of Intent. Fifteen applicant groups received a notification of acceptance and an invitation to submit a Full Application. The deadline for the submission of a Full Application is 3:00 p.m. on March 20, 2015.
2015 Round 1 Letters of Intent Submitted
Thirty-eight Round 1 Letters of Intent were submitted by the February 10th deadline. The accepted Letters of Intent include information about the applicant group and proposed initial board of trustees; school overview including location, planned grades and enrollment; a description of the proposed school's target population and community to be served; planned strategies to recruit and retain students with disabilities, English language learners and students who are economically disadvantaged; a description of public outreach conducted including supporting information about parental interest in the proposed school.