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Charter School Application and Review Process


ItemDescription
Policy TitleCharter School Application and Review Process
Policy CategoryPublic School Employee Charter Schools Administration (CHTR)
Policy IDCHTR-012
Policy Date2017-03-02
Previous Policy Dates12/03/2009, 10/03/2013, 04/02/2015, 07/09/2015

Formerly TCS-U-012


  1. Deadline for Filing Charter School Applications.
    1. Prior to each application round, the State Board of Education shall approve the application process, timeline, and non-refundable fee.
    2. Applications for charters, and the nonrefundable - fee, must be received by the Office of Charter Schools no later than the date and time specified for the charter application round that year. 
    3. Applications and fees received after the deadline specified by the Office of Charter Schools will not be considered, and any affected applicant groups will be notified in writing.
  2. Rejection of Incomplete Applications.  The Charter School Advisory Board and Office of Charter Schools shall review all timely applications and shall reject all incomplete applications.
  3. Charter School Advisory Board Responsibilities,
    1. The Charter School Advisory Board, with the assistance of the Office of Charter Schools, will review applications and formulate recommendations to the State Board of Education.
    2. The Charter School Advisory Board, with the assistance of the Office of Charter Schools, shall review each complete application and determine whether the application:
      1. Meets all the requirements of the Charter School Act, G.S. 115C-218 et seq.;
      2. Would achieve one or more of the purposes set forth in G.S. 115C‑218(a);
      3.  Contains viable governance, business, and education plans; and
      4. Satisfies any other requirements adopted by the SBE.

    3. Of the applications which meet the requirements in (c)(2), the Charter School Advisory Board shall forward to the SBE those applications which warrant SBE review by its April meeting each year.
    4. The Charter Schools Advisory Board will present its recommendations to the SBE at the May SBE meeting for discussion.
  4. SBE Review of Applications and Award of Charters
    1. The SBE may request information from applicants, their officers, agents or employees or other persons having information regarding the charter application reviewed by the Charter School Advisory Board.
    2. When awarding charters, the SBE may give priority consideration to applications that demonstrate the capability to provide comprehensive learning experiences to students identified as at risk of academic failure.
    3. When determining whether to award a charter, the SBE may consider any factor that it determines will promote the purposes of the Charter School Act,  G.S. 115C-218 et seq., including but not limited to the extent to which the application:
      1.  Reflects the applicant’s commitment to the purposes of the charter school law stated in G. S. 115C-218(a);
      2.  Promotes innovation through charter schools;
      3.  Reflects the applicant’s planning, research and understanding of educational issues, including budgeting, financing and accounting;
      4. Demonstrates the applicant’s commitment to strong governance, including active participation of a large, diverse and locally-based board;
      5. Contains proper articles of incorporation and by-laws;
      6. Contains a sound budget that accurately reflects anticipated revenues and costs; including costs associated with maintenance of the school facilities and projected growth;
      7.  Describes student admission requirements  and lottery system that comply with G.S. 115C;
      8.  Describes a sound plan for acquisition and utilization of an adequate facility;
      9. Describes a sound five (5) year marketing plan that promotes a diverse learning environment; and
      10. Any other factor that it determines will promote the purposes of the Charter School Act, G.S. 115C-218 et seq.
    4. The SBE may award a charter to any applicant that submits an application that meets the requirements set forth in the statute and adopted by the SBE and when awarding the charter would achieve one or more of the purposes set forth in G.S. 115C‑218(a).  The initial charter awarded to any new school will not exceed five (5) years.
    5. Prior to denying any charter school application that received a majority vote to approve by the CSAB, the SBE will return the application to the CSAB for further review before denial on second reading.
    6. The SBE will approve or deny all charter school applications by its June meeting each year, except those applications returned to the CSAB for further consideration under part one of this recommendation, which the SBE will approve or deny by its August meeting each year.


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