Due Date: On or before April 1 of the year preceding the year in which the proposed public charter school plans to begin operation, the sponsor shall file applications as follows by the close of the business day:
The same number of copies of any updates or revisions submitted during the review process should also be submitted to the above entities.
Please note that some LEAs may have supplementary guidance for their application process. Though we have tried to include those materials below, please contact the LEA well in advance of submitting your application for any additional guidance.
TN law requires one application per charter school. However, existing operators proposing to replicate a school that has already been authorized in TN only need to submit the replication application posted below. Similarly, sponsors applying for multiple schools in one application cycle do not need to complete an original application for each school. Instead, they should complete one original application and a supplemental application for each additional proposed school. Further explanation is provided on pages 2 and 3 of the replication application/application supplement.
For individuals interested in applying to local education agencies (LEAs) or the Achievement School District (ASD) in 2014, the Department of Education, the Achievement School District and the Tennessee Charter School Center are hosting two part training sessions in Memphis and Nashville in September and October 2013.
The first session will be geared toward applicants who have not yet drafted an application or whose previous applications to open a charter school in Tennessee were unsuccessful. The time from conception to submission of a successful charter school application is usually at least 18 months. This first session will cover:
The second session, in October, will be geared toward applicants with fairly well-developed applications and leadership development plans, who plan to submit applications in April 2014, to open schools in the fall of 2015. This session will provide:
Please use the links below to register for these events:
|Starting a High-Quality Charter School (Checklist)|
|The Application Process (Flowchart)|
|New Charter Schools||Letter of Intent||January 31, 2014|
|2014 Application||April 1, 2014|
|Application Guides for KCS, MNPS, MCS||April 1, 2014|
|Replication Application/Application Supplement||April 1, 2014|
|Application Budget||April 1, 2014|
|Charter and ASD Funding Overview FY14|
| Budget Completion Resources
Please contact the authorizing LEA for BEP, Title I and IDEA Part B per pupil amounts to use in budgets.
|Charter Renewal||2014 Charter Renewal Application||October 1, 2014|
|Authorization Documents||Authorization Timeline 2014|
|2014 Application Scoring Rubric|
|2014 Replication Application/Application Supplement Scoring Rubric|
|NACSA’s Principles & Standards for Quality Authorizing|