Championing Charters

We are eager to share our 2022-23 year-in-review with you!

Our annual report theme – “Championing Charters” – reflects our focus on uplifting Charter School Institute schools, stories, and communities while remaining true to our mission – to foster high-quality charter public school choices that serve all students.

Our 43 charter public schools continue to champion high-quality educational opportunities for students across the state of Colorado, offering 16 unique school models to over 20,000 students in 24 towns and cities.

Without question, championing charters was a clear theme coming out of the 2022-23 school year. We hope you enjoy this annual report overview and that you view the full 2022-2023 Annual Report!

We look forward to your ongoing support and partnership as we continue to champion charters!

Dr. Terry Croy Lewis and Jill Anschutz
Ross Montessori School
Animas High School
New Legacy Charter School
Mountain Song Community School

Who We Serve








Students of Color


Students with IEPs


Students with 504 Plans


English Learners


Students Eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch


Students with Gifted Abilities

Ascent Classical Academy Northern Colorado

“An important aspect of championing charter schools is working alongside our schools to address the very real barriers to equitable, high-quality educational opportunities.”

Dr. Terry Croy Lewis

CSI Executive Director

Organizational Outcomes


CSI schools performed higher than the state average across Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing as well as Mathematics across all tested grades.


While statute allows CSI to collect 3% of per pupil revenue from authorized schools, CSI strives to operate well below 3% and return unused funds to its schools at the end of the year.  This past year, CSI operated on 1.9% and was therefore able to provide a rebate of $115 per pupil, for a total of nearly $2.3M.


CSI schools earned 107 grants totaling $16.9M, which is a significant increase from the prior year. Some of the highest awards focused on capital construction, school and social emotional health, instruction and expanded learning opportunities.

Ascent Classical Academy Douglas County

Championing Charters

…in Legislative Session

Because of advocacy from CSI staff, CSI school communities, education partners, legislators, and the Governor, the 2022-23 Legislative Session brought significant wins for CSI schools.

An additional $10M to the CSI Mill Levy Equalization Fund was passed for a total of $27M in 23-24, which will result in approximately $1,400 per student on average for CSI schools that school year.

AXIS International Academy

…through Representation

Based on CSI’s leadership role in authorizing, it’s unique authorizing context, and the opportunity to impact thousands of students in communities served at CSI schools, NACSA selected CSI to participate in its first Leadership in Action Cohort.

…through Operational Supports

CSI’s Nutrition Team partners with participating schools to understand their goals and supports schools in implementing sustainable food programs based on their unique context. Through this partnership, over 700,000 meals and over 8,000 snacks were served.

…through Leadership Supports

CSI partnered with PEBC to offer a Mentor Training Program. Twelve schools joined the program, which included participation in a Mentoring and Coaching Institute and an end-of-year workshop. The program trained 34 mentor teachers, and 33 teachers received mentoring.

Thomas MacLaren School

…through Programmatic Supports

CSI hired its first full-time English Language Development Coordinator in 2022-23, drastically expanding capacity for oversight and support of multilingual requirements and programming in schools.

CSI’s serves a slightly higher (15%) percentage of multilingual learners than the state average (12%).

Colorado Early Colleges – Aurora

Explore the Full Report

While this page provides an overview of the 2022-23 school year, we hope you view our full report to take a deep dive into the highlights of the year!

22-23 Annual Report Cover
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