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This page provides information on requirements to submit a public charter school proposal to the North Carolina State Board of Education.

NOTE: This application is not to enroll your child into an individual charter school. If you are seeking enrollment at a charter school, please refer to the schools webpage for a list of contact information for all charter schools in North Carolina.

Applying to open and operate a public charter school is a multiple step process.



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For schools to open in Fall 2015

  1. Letter of Intent
    The 2016-2017 application cycle Letter of Intent (LOI) will be available in the summer of 2014, please refer back to this webpage at that time.
    • Letter of Intent
      The LOI shall contain the following information:
      • Lead Contact Name
      • Mailing Address
      • Telephone Number
      • Email Address
      • Proposed County and Local Education Agency (LEA)
      • Proposed School Name
      • Proposed Mission Statement
      • Proposed Grade Structure
      • Proposed Student Projections

  2. Online Application System
    The 2016-2017 on-line application system will be available in the summer of 2014, please refer back to this webpage at that time.



  • Resource Manual (For charter school applications due December 6, 2013)
    (pdf, 697kb)
  • Initial Screening
    (pdf, 116kb)
  • Evaluation Rubric
    (pdf, 269kb)  UPDATED 10/18/13
  • Presentation (From the September 2013 training sessions)
    (pdf, 1014kb)



Online submission no later than 5:00 pm (EST) December 6, 2013.



For schools to open in Fall 2015

September 6, 2013 Letter of Intent (LOI) – required for filing an application. A LOI must be emailed to Deanna Townsend-Smith, Consultant, Office of Charter Schools, no later than the 12:00 noon (EST) deadline.
December 6, 2013

Application and $500.00 per application fee due no later than the 5:00 pm (EST) deadline.

  • Application fee is non-refundable.
  • Applications lacking the fee will be deemed incomplete.

NOTE: Checks must be made out to the NC Department of Public Instruction and mailed to The Office of Charter Schools, 6303 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6303. A letter must also be included specifying which application(s) the enclosed check covers. Submitting the application and required fee prior to December 6, 2013 is strongly encouraged.

December 13, 2013 Application Timeline Change - (Optional) Applicant may provide a copy of the proposed application to the Local Education Agency in which the proposed charter school will reside. Applicant may provide evidence via email to Deanna Townsend-Smith, Consultant, Office of Charter Schools.
February - March 2014 Advisory Council review and interview.
May 2014 Recommendations to the State Board.
June 2014 State Board of Education preliminary approval.


If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Deanna Townsend-Smith at 919.807.3263 or