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The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, having been founded in 2004 by the state legislature.

CSI currently authorizes over 40 charter public schools across the state of Colorado, serving more than 22,000 students. We are committed to continuing to foster a culture of school impact!



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Our Story


In 2004, the General Assembly adopted the Charter School Institute (CSI) Act, creating the Charter School Institute.


Ross Montessori Charter School and Colorado Springs Charter Academy are the first schools to join CSI.


In 2019, CSI celebrated 15 years. To learn more about CSI’s journey, read our publication, Expanding Frontiers in Public Education.


Today, CSI serves over 20k students in 40+ schools with 16 educational models in 23 towns and cities across Colorado.

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Scholarship Recipients

The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) is marking its 20th anniversary! We’re thrilled to present a special scholarship opportunity for graduating high school students from CSI schools in partnership with generous organizations.

To celebrate this important milestone, CSI is proud to announce the awardees of our special scholarship initiative designed exclusively for graduating high school students of CSI schools. Our “theme” for this anniversary is school impact.

Congratulations to the following winners of this special scholarship initiative:

  • Caterra Caudle, Colorado Early Colleges Castle Rock
  • Ethan Wolfe, Colorado Early Colleges Parker
  • Lilia Rauscher, Ascent Classical Academy Douglas County
  • Elizabeth Ohm, Colorado Early Colleges Inverness

20th Anniversary Celebration

October 11, 2024

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

At the CLCS’s Leadership Summit

RSVP Information TBA

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