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  Spring 2023 Cycle Summer/Fall 2023 Cycle
Letter of Intent Due Feb 24, 2023 June 23, 2023
Application Due Mar 27, 2023 July 24, 2023
Applicant to Host Geographic Meeting Apr-May 2023 Aug-Sept 2023
Applicant Presentation to CSI Board’s Performance Management Committee Apr 11, 2023 September 12, 2023
Applicant Interview with CSI Review Team Apr-May 2023 Aug-Sept 2023
CSI Staff Recommendation to CSI Board’s Performance Management Committee June 6, 2023 October 10, 2023
CSI Board Vote June 13, 2023 October 17, 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

Wildflower Grand Valley: Application | Budget

University Prep – Commerce City: Application

Be The Change: Application

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