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CHARTER APPLICATIONS

APPLY TO OPEN A CHARTER SCHOOL

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.

 

TRAINING

Training Opportunities

 

VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOL PILOT PROGRAM

On September 4, 2014, the State Board of Education voted on an application, process, and timeline to implement the statutory virtual charter school pilot program. The documents below provide an overview of the timeline and process that will be utilized for virtual charter school pilot program schools to open in Fall 2015.
Submission of applications will be through https://schools.nc.gov/virtualpilot and they are due no later than 5:00 pm (EST) on October 10, 2014.

  • Virtual Charter Pilot - Review Process
    (pdf, 53kb)
  • Virtual Charter Pilot - Timeline
    (pdf, 53kb)

 

CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION

For schools to open in Fall 2016

ONLINE APPLICATION
Applicants applying to open the fall of 2016 should use https://schools.nc.gov/charterapp to access the application. Online submission is due no later than 5:00 pm (EST) September 26, 2014.

Application Fee Payment Form
(pdf, 53kb)

CHARTER APPLICATION RESOURCES

  • Tentative Timeline for schools to open in Fall 2016
    (pdf, 131kb)
  • Resource Manual (for charter school applications due September 26, 2014)
    (pdf, 780kb)  UPDATED 7/18/14
  • 2016 Sample Application (Brick & Mortar)
    (pdf, 111kb)
  • Navigating the Online Application System
    (pdf, 700kb)
  • Initial Screening
    (pdf, 157kb)
  • Evaluation Rubric
    (pdf, 295kb)
  • Presentation
    (pdf, 1.82mb)
  • Charter Agreement
    (pdf, 109kb)
  • Estimated Local Appropriations Per Student by LEA
    (pdf, 105kb)

 

CONTACT

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Deanna Townsend-Smith at 919.807.3263 or deanna.townsend-smith@dpi.nc.gov.