Colorado Charter School Institute

The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) is the state's only non-district charter school authorizer.  Currently, the Institute authorizes 34 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

Thomas MacLaren School Posts Highest ACT Scores in the Pikes Peak Region
Thomas MacLaren School, a tuition-free, charter public school in Colorado Springs, is pleased to announce that the Class of 2016 has posted the highest average composite ACT score in the Pikes Peak region, and the second-highest score in the state.

Top High Schools In Colorado
7NEWS reporter Jason Gruenauer tells us Colorado Early Colleges in Fort Collins goes beyond college prep.

SB 191 Implementation Toolkit Click to access the Colorado Legacy's Foundation's SB191 Implementation Toolkit.

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