Preliminary Exploration

Re-engage in the process of defining support and need for the school
OR
Abandon the application

Communication and Networking

  • Begin building a relationship with local school district to understand process, expectations and deadlines.
  • Contact the State Department of Education (SDE) for assitance with charter development.
  • Network with other charter schools.

Development and Processy need and support.

  • Identify the vision and mission.
  • Create a founders school board.
  • Begin marketing the idea.
  • Draft a projected timeline.
  • Explore pre-charter federal grant through the SDE.

Training and Education

Are resources, support, and need sufficient?
Is the founding group prepared to commit
the time and energy required for start-up?

Step 1: Initial Draft of Charter Petition

Re-engage in the process of editing and refinement
OR
Abandon the application

Communication and Networking

  • Contact the SDE for procedures and timelines to submit your petition for a Legal Sufficiency Review.
  • Contact the school district for procedures and timelines for presenting petition to the school board.
  • Inform and educate prospective parents.
  • Contact someone with accounting skills to assist with budget.

Development and Process

  • Assign tasks to founding board and develop a work plan for writing petition.
  • Develop a preliminary budget and explore pre-charter federal funding with the SDE.
  • Contact Real Estate professional and research facility options.
  • Apply for 501(c)3 - Non profit status. Research Albertsons Grant.

Training and Education

  • Attend required Charter Start workshop.
  • Research and review Charter School law requirements.
  • Research and review all state education requirements.
  • Required reading list.
Do you think you have
a strong application?

Step 2: Obtain Assistance/Feedback

Re-engage in the process of incorporating feedback to create a complete package
OR
Abandon the application

Communication and Networking

  • Submit petition to SDE for Legal Sufficiency Review.
  • Contact the school district to schedule a presentation of petition at next board meeting.
  • Contact the SDE for technical support and assistance.
  • Survey community regarding interest in school and program.

Development and Process

  • Once the Legal Sufficiency Reivew has been completed and returned, circulate and edit.
  • Attend at least 2 PCSC public meetings to gain insight.
  • Research facilities further.
  • Apply for pre-charter CSP grant.

Training and Education

  • Attend conferences and trainings from the SDE and/or ICSN.
  • Research and review program and school focus.
  • Seek expertise in areas of weakness.
  • Required reading list.
Have you developed a complete and
comprehensive petition? Have you
appropriately incorporated feedback?

Step 3: Submit to the Authorizer

Enter the process of appeal
OR
Abandon the application

Communication and Networking

  • Present petition to School District Board.
  • Contact the Public Charter School Commission if the school district has referred petition.
  • Intiate contact with legal council
  • Develop school website.

Development and Process

  • Prepare for questions, interviews, editing and revisions
  • Rewrite petition if necessary to meet the authorizer's standards.
  • Plan marketing campaign.
  • Solidify facility plans.
  • Ensure student enrollment.

Training and Education

  • Review authorizer timelines and process.
  • Train potential board members through the ICSN and/or ISBA.
  • Required reading list.
APPROVED

Step 4: Next Steps - Opening the School

Initiate changes or supply additional information
OR
Abandon the application

Communication and Networking

  • Schedule follow up meeting with the SDE.
  • Contact SDE to apply for Federal CSP Grant.
  • Schedule Programmatic Audit with the ICSN.

Development and Process

  • Send letter of approval to the State Board of Education.
  • Send copy of Charter to SDE and authorizer.
  • Assign tasks to board as school prepares to open. Review New Charter School Checklist.

Training and Education

  • Plan to move your founding board to a functioning board.
  • Plan staff and board training activities for first year.
  • Attend SDE training in school finance, special education, Title Programs.
  • Attend Charter School Boot Camp Training.
  • Required reading list.
Once a contract is signed with the authorizer,
the charter application process is complete.

Adapted from the Colorado State Department of Education