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

Fall Regional Meetings
Agendas and presentations from the Fall Regional Meetings can be found on our Regional Meeting page

CSI School News:
CSI's Thomas MacLaren School Posts State's Highest-Ever ACT Score
Scores from the spring 2016 administration of the Colorado ACT assessment reveal that Thomas MacLaren School, a tuition-free, charter public school in Colorado Springs, recorded the highest average composite school score (29.8) in the state.

"Educators Promote Healthier Lifestyles in Colorado Public Charter Schools"
A program funded by the Colorado Health Foundation, in conjunction with the Colorado League of Charter Schools, pushes healthier lifestyle choices by students in the state's public charter schools, including CSI's very own High Point Academy and Crown Pointe Academy.

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!