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 2022 Cycle Spring 2023 Cycle
Letter of Intent Due June 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2023
Application Due July 25, 2022 Mar 27, 2023
Applicant to Host Geographic Meeting Aug-Sept 2022 Apr-May 2023
Applicant Presentation to CSI Board’s Performance Management Committee Sept 13, 2022 Apr 11, 2023
Applicant Interview with CSI Review Team Aug-Sept 2022 Apr-May 2023
CSI Staff Recommendation to CSI Board’s Performance Management Committee Oct 11, 2022 June 13, 2023
CSI Board Vote Oct 18, 2022 June 20, 2023


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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