Colorado Charter School Institute

The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) is the state's only non-district charter school authorizer.  Currently, the Institute authorizes 35 Colorado charter schools across Colorado. CSI accepts applications from those interested in starting a charter school as well as those interested in transferring, expanding, or replicating an existing charter school. Learn more here>>

Our Mission

The mission of the Charter School Institute shall be to foster high-quality public school choices offered through Institute charter schools that deliver rigorous academic content and high academic performance in a safe environment and on par with the highest performing schools, including particularly schools for at-risk students.

Updates & Announcements

Call for Proposals: 
CSI is currently accepting vendor bids to support in the development of the Colorado Association of Charter School Authorizers (CACSA) as well as provide support to CSI staff in issues such as, but not limited to, partnership agreements with districts, best practices in authorizing, and special education issues that are unique to CSI and its schools. Please click here for the documented quote with additional details about this opportunity and how to submit your proposal.

SB 191 Implementation Toolkit
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CDE's Strategic Priorities: Updates
Stay on top of CDE's strategic priorities like accountability, assessments, & educator effectiveness!