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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Charter Developer Information

Apply to Open a Charter Public School (Current Board of Trustees)

The Application for a Massachusetts Commonwealth and Horace Mann Public Charter School for Current Boards of Trustees is for use only by current boards of trustees applying for additional charter(s). Current boards of trustees are exempt from submitting a prospectus but must still meet proven provider requirements, if applicable.

Boards of trustees must submit a complete final application for each proposed school in the network which addresses the criteria that is set forth in the charter statute, G.L. c. 71, § 89, and the charter school regulations, 603 CMR 1.04(3) and further elaborated in the Application for a Massachusetts Charter Public School for Current Boards of Trustees.

Boards of trustees that currently hold the charter(s) of school(s) that have undergone one successful renewal; are not presently under conditions or probation; are identified as Level 1 or Level 2, with school percentiles of 45 percent or higher under the Commonwealth's accountability system; and are identified as in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations are eligible to participate in the one stage cycle. Charter schools that do not meet all of these parameters may consult with the Department regarding their unique circumstances and eligibility. The final application review process for current boards of trustees is virtually identical to other categories of applicants.

Schedule for 2016-2017 Charter School Application and Review Process Timeline for Current Boards of Trustees

ActionDue Date
Letter of Intent DeadlineMonday, August 1, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
Proven Provider Request Deadline (as applicable)Monday, August 1, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
Proven Provider Determination by Commissioner (as applicable)September 2016
Final Application DeadlineTuesday, November 1, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

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Memorandum regarding the 2016-2017 Charter Application Process
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District Information on Enrollment Projections for New Applications and Expansion Amendments
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Commonwealth and Horace Mann Charter School Application for Current Board of Trustees 2016-2017
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Five Year Budget and First Year Cash Flow Projection Template 2016-2017 (For use at Prospectus and Final Application Stage; both the five year budget and first year cash flow projection is required at the final application stage.)
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Instructions for Current Board of Trustees seeking Proven Provider for New Charter 2016-2017

Application Resources

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Required Elements for English Language Education Policies and Procedures
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Required Elements for Special Education Policies and Procedures
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Checklist for Board of Trustees Bylaws 2016
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Checklist for Enrollment Policy and Application for Admission 2016
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Draft Recruitment and Retention Plan for Applicant Use 2016
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Required Elements of Contracts for Educational Services for Applicant Use 2016
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Required and Recommended Elements of a Memorandum of Understanding (Horace Mann)


Last Updated: May 10, 2016
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