New School Applications

Applicant Eligibility
An application may be submitted by one or more individuals, or by a nonprofit, governmental, or other entity or organization. Private schools and current non-charter public schools may not apply to CSI through this process. Additionally, the applicant must have a governing board in place at the time of application submission. 

CSI can authorize charter schools in 1) districts that do not retain exclusive chartering authority (ECA), and 2) in districts that retain ECA but have or are willing to waive ECA through a board resolution. A list of districts with their chartering authority status can be found on the CDE website:

Schools interested in locating in a geographic district that retains ECA but are interested in authorization by CSI should communicate with the geographic district and CSI in advance of submitting an application to determine the feasibility of that option. 

Application Process & Timeline

CSI conducts an annual spring cycle for new school applications.  Below is the timeline for the new school application process, with new school applications due to CSI in March for applicants interested in opening in July of the following year.      

Key Process Steps Month
Call for Application Released January
Letter of Intent Due February 24, 2017 
Application Due  March 24, 2017
Applicant to Host Geographic Meeting  April - May 2017
Applicant Presentation to CSI Board May 9, 2017 
Applicant Interview with CSI Review Team May 10-16, 2017 
CSI Staff Recommendation to CSI Board June 5, 2017
CSI Board Vote June 20, 2017

New School Application Materials

Below are the application materials for the Spring 2017 cycle.  

Applicants are required to submit the Letter of Intent by February 24, 2017.  The Letter of Intent guides the applicant in determining which addenda must be completed, so completing this form early on is advantageous. 

New school application submission is due March 24, 2017.

Applicants are encouraged to make use of the application rubric when developing and reviewing the application prior to submission.  For additional support in completing the charter application, please view the materials under the Resources tab above.

Letter of Intent

New School Application Template
CSI Budget Template
CSI Waiver Request Template

New School Application Rubric