Thank you for your interest in 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 to expand and replicate existing charters schools that have a record of success.
CSI can authorize charter schools in:
- districts that do not retain exclusive chartering authority (ECA), and
- districts that retain ECA but have or are willing to release an applicant to apply to CSI waive ECA through a board resolution.
A list of districts with their chartering authority status can be found on the CDE website: 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.
CSI encourages, and state law requires, parent and community engagement throughout the application process.
Learn more about ways community members can engage in the application process.
The CSI Board of Directors annually sets the application timelines for each of CSI’s authorization cycles.
Click here for the 2020-2021 authorization timelines to access the timeline by authorization cycle.