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 2 Applicants

Fifteen Applicant Groups Invited to Submit Full Applications

Fifteen of 25 applicant groups submitting a Letter of Intent were invited to submit a Full Application, which are due by August 16, 2016.  Upon receipt, the Full Applications will undergo review between August 16th to September 9th and successful applicant groups will be invited to a Capacity Interview between September 26th – October 7th.   Following this stage of the review process, The Board of Regents will consider staff recommendations and vote to approve or deny applications at its November 14th-15th meeting.

2016 Round 2 LOI Submissions

2016 Round 2 LOI Submissions Accepted Excel Document

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

Application Materials

Last Updated: August 23, 2016