About CSI

The Charter Schools Act was was adopted in Colorado in 1993. In 2004, the General Assembly adopted the Charter School Institute (CSI) Act, creating CSI as an independent agency within the Department of Education to authorize Colorado charter schools. CSI is Colorado‘s only statewide authorizer as well as the state‘s only non-district authorizer.


CSI began its authorization work in 2005 with two charter schools. Since then, its portfolio has grown to include 35 schools, serving nearly 15,000 students from across Colorado. 


CSI is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors; seven members are appointed by the Governor, two by the Commissioner of Education. Led by CSI's Executive Director and guided by CSI’s Strategic Plan, the Institute staff lead the authorization work and provide support services to CSI schools. CSI adheres to the Rules for the Administration of the State Charter School Institute.  

CSI's Strategic Plan

CSI Strategic Plan (2013)

CSI Strategic Plan (2011)