New Applicants

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


Application Materials

CSI Letter of Intent

CSI New School Application Template

CSI Budget Template

CSI New School Application Rubric

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.

Current Applicants

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