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.
2015 Round 2 Charter Application Cycle Opens in June
Charter School 2015 Request for Proposals and Application Kit
The State Education Department will open the 2015 Round 2 Charter Application Cycle in June. Please refer to the 2015 Charter School Request for Proposals (RFP) and Application Kit for specific submission requirements. Applicant groups seeking to establish new charter schools and existing Board of Regents-authorized education corporations with proven track records seeking to replicate their successful school models are encouraged to submit applications
- Online Submission Instructions
- New Applicant and Prospective School Trustee Background Information form
- Applicant Group Information form
- Charter School RFP Budget and Cash Flow Templates
- Frequently Asked Questions
Fifteen Applicant Groups Submit Full Applications by the Deadline
The Department invited 15 applicant groups to submit a Full Application, and all 15 applicant groups did submit by the March 20, 2015 deadline. After April 14th, applicant groups whose applications meet or exceed the evaluation criteria in each of the three major sections of the 2015 RFP will receive an invitation to participate in the Capacity Interview, which is the third stage of the application review process.
2015 Round 1 Applicant Charter Schools Application Cycle
Fifteen Applicant Groups Advance to the Full Application Stage
Thirty-eight applicant groups received notification of acceptance or non-acceptance of their respective Letters of Intent. Fifteen applicant groups received a notification of acceptance and an invitation to submit a Full Application. The deadline for the submission of a Full Application is 3:00 p.m. on March 20, 2015.
2015 Round 1 Letters of Intent Submitted
Thirty-eight Round 1 Letters of Intent were submitted by the February 10th deadline. 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.
Released for Public Comment
The State Education Department announces the release of a draft 2015 Charter School Request for Proposals (RFP) and Application Kit (no longer available) for applicant groups seeking to establish new charter schools authorized by the Board of Regents to open for instruction in 2016. The RFP also encourages existing Board of Regents-authorized education corporations with proven track records to replicate their successful school models and submit an application to operate additional charter schools.
Public comment regarding the draft 2015 Charter School RFP and Application Kit will be accepted through Friday, January 23, 2015. All comments will be reviewed and considered. Written comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Ms. Vickie Smith in the Charter School Office at 5N EB Mezzanine, Albany NY 12234.
The final draft of the 2015 RFP and Application Kit will be released on Monday, January 26, 2015. Interested applicants are encouraged to use the draft 2015 RFP and Application Kit for guidance purposes in preparation for submitting a letter of intent by February 10, 2015.