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.

Applicant Groups Advance

Full Applications Due 3:00 p.m. on April 7, 2016

The Department’s Charter School Office has completed its review of the 2016 Round 1 Letters of Intent received in February and is pleased to invite all 11 applicant groups to submit a Full Application.  The deadline for the submission of Full Applications is Thursday, April 7, 2016.   

List of Round 1 Application Groups 

Letter of Intent Excel Document

Application Materials

Eleven Applicant Groups Submit

Letters of Intent By the 2/29/16 Deadline

The State Education Department received 11 Letters of Intent to Apply for a Charter School from a registered applicant pool of 23 in response to the 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Round 1.   Those applicant groups unable to complete their Letters of Intent by the Round 1 deadline will have a second opportunity to do so in June.

Department staff will evaluate the 11 Letters of Intent for completeness, and those deemed to be complete will be invited to submit a Full Application by close of business on Friday, March 4, 2016. 



3:00 PM ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2016

The State Education Department has considered all public comments received and announces the release of the final 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP) and Application Kit for applicant groups seeking to establish new charter schools 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 conduct two application rounds and recommend high quality applications to the Board of Regents for action in June and November. Federal CSP grant funds continue to be available to support start-up and implementation for schools authorized in 2016-2017.  In addition, applicant groups are provided more space within the application to respond to the evaluation criteria, and the page limit is increased to 65 pages for the full application.

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.

Last Updated: March 10, 2016