Applicants

Thank you for your interest in the Charter School Institute! CSI’s mission is to foster high-quality charter school options in Colorado.

CSI is unable to consider charter applicants seeking to locate in districts that retain exclusive chartering authority (ECA) without approval from the school district’s board of education. 97% of districts currently retain exclusive chartering authority. For a complete list, visit www.cde.state.co.us/cdechart/distauthinfo.

    For more information about eligibility to apply, timelines, and processes, please click on the application cycle of interest below. 

    Contact Authorization_CSI@csi.state.co.us for more information.

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    New Applicants

    For founding teams seeking to open a new charter school.

    Renewal Applicants

    For existing CSI schools that are nearing the end of their contract term.

    Expansion Applicants

    For existing CSI schools that are seeking to expand the scope of their existing program.

    Transfer Applicants

    For charter schools seeking to transfer to the Charter School Institute.

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    Conversion Applicants

    For existing Colorado public schools seeking to convert to a CSI charter school.

    Community Engagement

    CSI encourages parent and community engagement throughout the application process.

    Learn more about ways community members can engage in the application process.

    Authorization Timelines

    The CSI Board of Directors annually sets the timeline for each of CSI’s authorization cycles.

    Click here for the 2022-2023 authorization timelines to access the timeline by authorization cycle. 

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