About CSI

The Charter Schools Act was was adopted in Colorado in 1993 with the intent to "create a legitimate avenue for parents, teachers, and community members to implement new and innovative methods of educating children that are proven to be effective and to take responsible risks and create new and innovative, research-based ways of educating all children within the public education system." (CRS 22-30.5-102)

In response to the growing demand for more charter schools, the desire for innovative models serving at-risk students, and to have an alternate mode of authorizing charter schools than the traditional district charter school authorizer, the Legislature created the State Charter School Institute in 2004. (CRS 22-30.5-501) 

CSI Portfolio Growth Over TimeCSI began its work by authorizing two charter schools in 2005. Through the creation of new charter schools schools, transfer of existing charter schools to , and the replication of existing CSI schools, the CSI portfolio has grown to oversee over 40 schools, serving over 17,000 PK-12 students. See CSI's Portfolio Over Time for a more detailed history of the changes within CSI's portfolio of charter schools over time. 

CSI is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors: seven members are appointed by the Governor and two by the Commissioner of Education. CSI is led by CSI's Executive Director and guided by CSI’s Strategic Plan. 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)