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

School News!
Animas High School seniors demonstrate their senior-year projects! Read here for more details.

The Pinnacle Charter School was recently approved by the State Board of Education to be an Alternative Licensing Agency: the first charter school to receive this designation. The Pinnacle is offering an alternative licensing program specifically to charter school teachers in the Denver Metro area at a relatively low price (approximately $3,500 for the two year program). Interested applicants should contact Mr. Brett Geraghty, Director of Alternative Licensing and Induction Programs, at bgeraghty@pinnaclecsi.org as soon as possible. 


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!