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.

2014 Round 2 Letters of Intent Accepted

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

Summary of 2014 Round 2 Accepted Letters of Intent  Excel Document (41 KB)

Round 2 Accepted Letters of Intent

A summary of all submitted Letters of Intent may be viewed at

Summary of 2014 Round 2 Letter of Intent Submissions Excel Document (59 KB)


Call for Peer Reviewers

Round 2 Call for Volunteer Peer Reviewers   PDF Document (12 KB)

Peer Reviewer Questionnaire  Word Document (39 KB)

Peer Reviewer Confidentiality Agreement  PDF Document (51 KB)

Peer Reviewer Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form  PDF Document (70 KB)


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 and 2014 Round 2 applicant groups.

Please address questions to charterschools@mail.nysed.gov

For more details, see the 2014 Application Review Process and Timeline  PDF Document (153 KB)


2014 Charter School Application Cycle (for Guidance Purposes Only)

2013 Charter School Application Cycle (for Guidance Purposes Only)

2012 Charter School Application Cycle (for Guidance Purposes Only)

2011 Charter School Application Cycle (for Guidance Purposes Only)

2010 Charter School Application Cycle (for Guidance Purposes Only)

Last Updated: July 21, 2014