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 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!