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

CSI can authorize charter schools in:

  1. Districts that do not retain exclusive chartering authority (ECA), and
  2. Districts that retain ECA and are willing to release an applicant to apply to CSI.

For a list of districts with their chartering authority status, visit

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

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 2021-2022 authorization timelines to access the timeline by authorization cycle. 


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.


Conversion Applicants

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

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