Applications Received In Response to the 2014 Round 3 RFP – Buffalo Only
The Department’s Charter School Office received two applications in response to Round 3 of its 2014 Request for Proposal (RFP) to establish charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. This opportunity was limited to the establishment of new charter schools prepared to launch in 2015 within the Buffalo City School District. Currently under review are the applications to establish the following charter schools:
Contact Information (52 KB)
Children First Charter School
Full Application (34 MB)
Proposed Budget (299 KB)
REACH Academy Charter School
Full Application (34 MB)
Proposed Budget (350 KB)
Public comments on the two proposals will be accepted until December 8, 2014. All comments in support or in opposition will be reviewed and considered in the Department’s process of review of the applications. Written comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Vickie Smith, Charter School Office – 5N EB Mezzanine, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234.
Recommendations will be made by Department senior staff to the Board of Regents for action at the December 2014 meeting.
2014 Request for Proposal Round 3 - BUFFALO ONLY
Announcement and Timeline (426 KB)
The Charter School Office announces the release of an additional application round in 2014 to establish charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents. This opportunity is limited to the establishment of new charter schools prepared to launch in 2015 within the Buffalo City School District.
A Letter of Intent is NOT REQUIRED for this third Round of 2014. Interested applicants are asked however to complete a brief survey to give the Department a sense of the number of applications we will have to review.: Please log into your account and complete this survey by
2014 Request for Proposals to Establish Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents - The 2014 New Charter School Application Kit is final and released for use by 2014 Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3 (BUFFALO ONLY) applicant groups.
- Application Kit in Word (487 KB) or PDF (544 KB)
- Application Instructions (583 KB)
- Budget Templates (128 KB)
- School Trustee Background Information Form in Word (45 KB) or PDF (22 KB)
- Applicant Questions and Answers (583 KB)
Please address questions to email@example.com
Fifteen New Charter School Applications Accepted For Review
NYSED accepted 15 new charter school Full Applications for comprehensive evaluation by panels of expert reviewers. When the review of the applications is complete, applicants that meet the criteria set forth in the NYSED 2014 Charter School Application Kit will move ahead for capacity interviews, which will be conducted with applicant group members and proposed founding trustees. At the conclusion of this comprehensive evaluation process, recommendations will be made by Department senior staff to the Board of Regents for action at the November 2014 meeting. Schools that are issued a charter will begin to serve students in the 2015-2016 school year.
Ten Full Applications are for schools to be located in New York City: three in the Bronx, one in Brooklyn, three in Manhattan, one Staten Island and two in Queens. In addition, there is a Full Application to locate a school in each of the following: Buffalo Public Schools, Lawrence Union Free School District, Mount Vernon City School District, Peekskill City School District, and Rochester City School District.
The Charter School Office invites public comment on 15 new charter school proposals that will be considered by the Board of Regents at their November 2014 meeting. Comments on the proposals (posted below) will be accepted until October 31, 2014. All comments in support or in opposition will be reviewed and considered in the Department’s process of review of the applications. Written comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Susan Megna, Charter School Office – 5N EB Mezzanine, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234.
2014 Round 2 Letters of Intent Accepted (July 2014)
Seventeen Round 2 Letters of Intent have been accepted and lead applicants have been invited to submit Full Applications. 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. Several applicants are proposing replications of existing charter school models.
The lead applicants for the 17 accepted Letters of Intent have been invited to submit Full Applications, which are due to the Department on or before August 18, 2014
A summary of the accepted Letters of Intent may be viewed at
A summary of all submitted Letters of Intent may be viewed at
2014 Round 1 New Charter School Applications Accepted for Review
2014 Round 1 Letters of Intent to Apply to Establish a Charter School
31 applicants submitted a Letter of Intent to Apply to establish a new Board of Regents-authorized charter school to the NYSED Charter School Office by the Round 1 submission deadline of February 3, 2012. Each submitted Letter of Intent was reviewed by Department staff to assess that all requested information was provided.
After review, the Department accepted 16 Letters of Intent and extended invitations to the lead applicants to submit Full Applications. The Full Applications may be submitted either in Round 1 (due date: March 28 - revised) or Round 2 (due date: August 18). The Board of Regents will act on Round 1 applications in June and in Round 2 applications in November.
Summary of 2014 Round 1 (39 KB)
2014 Request for Proposals to Establish Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents.
Public Comment on DRAFT Request for Proposals to Establish Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents - 2014 Charter School Application Kit
Posted for Comment: 2014 NEW CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION
The Draft 2014 New Charter School Application was posted for public comment. Remarks or suggestions were invited to email@example.com, no later than . The final 2014 New Charter School Application was released on January 6, 2014.
One public comment statement was submitted: