Charter Applicants

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Colorado Charter School Institute!

CSI's mission is to foster high quality charter school options in Colorado. In line with its mission, CSI has developed standard application processes aligned with best practice that seek to create new charter schools that have a high likelihood of success as well as seek to expand and replicate existing charters schools that have a record of success.

The Charter School Institute (CSI) accepts applications from those interested in starting a charter school, expanding or replicating a current charter school, and those seeking to transfer a current charter to CSI. Please click on the authorization cycle of interest below to access resources and the most current application materials.

See the CSI Board-approved 2018-2019 application cycle timelines.

Authorization Cycle Used For... CSI Contact 
New School a founding team seeking to start a new charter school Janet Dinnen 
Expansion existing CSI schools seeking to expand the scope of the current program by grade, hours, and/or site.  Ryan Marks 
Renewal  existing CSI schools whose contract term expires at the end of the current school year  Ryan Marks  
Transfer existing (non-CSI) charter schools seeking to transfer authorization from their current authorizer to CSI  Ryan Marks 
Conversion existing (non-CSI) public schools seeking to convert to a charter authorized by CSI  Janet Dinnen 
Note: Applicants are able to apply to CSI for authorization if they are proposing to locate in
      1. districts that do not retain exclusive chartering authority (ECA), or
      2. districts that retain ECA but are willing to release an applicant to CSI. 
If you are interested in applying to CSI for authorization (whether a new, transfer, replication, or expansion school) but are locating in a district that retains ECA, please communicate in advance with your school district's charter liaison and CSI to determine the feasibility of this. 


Applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate CSI staff member to discuss the authorization cycle of interest as well as to review the CSI website and the CSI Services List to learn more about CSI authorization and supports.  

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