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.
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