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.

 

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 Excel Document (52 KB)


Children First Charter School

Full Application PDF Document (34 MB)

Proposed Budget   Excel Document (299 KB)

REACH Academy Charter School

Full Application  PDF Document (34 MB)

Proposed Budget   Excel Document (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 charterschools@nysed.gov 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    PDF Document (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.  REMINDER TO ROUND 3 APPLICANT GROUPS: Please log into your account and complete this survey by Monday, November 3, 2014.

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.

Please address questions to charterschools@mail.nysed.gov


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: November 19, 2014