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 New Charter School Applications Accepted for Review
NYSED accepted 11 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 to capacity interviews, which will be conducted with applicant group members and proposed founding trustees in early May. At the conclusion of this comprehensive evaluation process, recommendations will be made for action by the Board of Regents at the June 2014 meeting. Schools that are issued a charter will begin to serve students in the 2015-2016 school year.
Nine Full Applications are for schools to be located in New York City: one in the Bronx, three in Manhattan, four in Queens, and one in Staten Island. In addition, an applicant proposes to locate a school in Buffalo and another applicant proposes to locate a school in Niagara Falls.
Three of the proposed schools are high schools, one is a middle school, and seven are elementary schools.
Additional applications will be accepted in Request for Proposal Formal Review/Approval Round 2, which begins with a Letter of Intent submission deadline of July 7, 2014. All schools that are chartered in 2014 will be authorized to open in the 2015-2016 school year.
2014 New Charter School Application Timeline - In 2014, the Charter School Office will conduct two rounds of new school application review: Spring and Fall. Letters of Intent will be accepted on February 3 and July 7. If invited, applicants will submit Full Applications on March 28 (revised) and on August 18, for action by the Board of Regents at its regularly scheduled June and November meetings. Schools authorized in the 2014 Spring and Fall rounds will open to serve students in the 2015-2016 school year.
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.
- 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.