Charter School Creation

Establishing quality charter schools across NYC is a key component of Chancellor Klein’s Children First initiative, providing parents and students with high quality educational choices.  Charter schools are publicly funded, independently run, and open to all students.  Charters are governed by not-for-profit boards of trustees that are typically compiled of educational experts, business leaders, community members, and parents.  To launch and operate a charter school in New York City, the board of trustees must submit a proposal to one of three authorizing entities and gain approval to operate independent of the district.  The three charter authorizing entities are the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), the New York State Education Department (SED) and the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute (SUNY).

As of the 2009-10 school year, 99 public charter schools are operating across New York City.  The Mayor and Chancellor have set a goal of opening 100 new charter schools by September 2013.

The next deadline for charter application submission to the Chancellor is May 3, 2010.  Our “Charter Application Packet” is now available through the links on the right.  This Packet contains the guidelines, deliverables and timeline that charter planning teams must use to shape their proposals for launch in fall 2011 and beyond.

As soon as your team decides to submit a charter application to the Chancellor, please complete the “Notice of Intent to Apply” form and submit it via email to NYCDOE (form and instructions are contained in the Charter Application Packet).  Additional questions about the Chancellor’s authorization process should be directed to Christina Grant at  

We invite you to submit a charter school application by May 3, 2010

Please frequently visit this web page for updated timeline and materials. Please direct any questions about NYCDOE charter schools and authorization process to

For technical assistance in designing a charter school, please consult the below resources: