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 2021 Cycle Spring 2022 Cycle
Letter of Intent Due June 7, 2021 Feb 28, 2022
Application Due July 7, 2021 Mar 28, 2022
Applicant to Host Geographic Meeting July-Aug 2021 Apr-May 2022
Applicant Presentation to CSI Board’s Performance Management Committee Aug 10, 2021 May 10, 2022
Applicant Interview with CSI Review Team July-Aug 2021 Apr-May 2022
CSI Staff Recommendation to CSI Board’s Performance Management Committee Sept 14, 2021 June 14, 2022
CSI Board Vote Sept 21, 2021 June 21, 2022


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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