The CSI new school application is for teams seeking to open a new charter school with the Charter School Institute.
To learn more about the CSI new school application process, please fill out this short form. This will ensure we can provide you with the most relevant information and resources.
Eligibility to Apply to CSI
CSI can consider applications for charter schools proposing to locate districts that do not retain exclusive chartering authority. And, CSI can consider applications for charter schools proposing to locate in districts that retain exclusive chartering authority and have released an applicant to apply directly to CSI. Here is a list maintained by CDE identifying districts by exclusive chartering authority status.
New School Application Timelines
Prospective applicants should attend a CSI orientation 2-6 months prior to submitting a Letter of Intent.
|Key Process Steps||Summer/Fall 2023 Cycle||Spring 2024 Cycle|
|Letter of Intent Due||June 23, 2023||February 26, 2024|
|Application Due||July 24, 2023||March 25, 2024|
|Applicant to Host Geographic Meeting||Aug-Sept 2023||April-May 2024|
|Applicant Presentation to CSI Board’s Performance Management Committee||September 12, 2023||April 9, 2024|
|Applicant Interview with CSI Review Team||Aug-Sept 2023||April-May 2024|
|CSI Staff Recommendation to CSI Board’s Performance Management Committee||October 10, 2023||June 4, 2024|
|CSI Board Vote||October 17, 2023||June 11, 2024|
These materials are specific to applicants applying to the Charter School Institute. If you are applying to a school district, be sure to use the school district’s new school application materials.