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Massachusetts Charter Schools

Apply to Open a Charter Public School

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 an initial application 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; 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 2023-2024 Charter School Application and Review Process Timeline for Current Boards of Trustees

ActionDue Date
Letter of Intent DeadlineWednesday, June 21, 2023 by 12:00 noon
Proven Provider Request Deadline (as applicable)Tuesday, August 1, 2023 by 12:00 noon
Proven Provider Determination by Commissioner (as applicable)September 2023
Final Application DeadlineWednesday, November 1, 2023 by 12:00 noon
Public HearingsDecember 2023
Final Applicant InterviewsDecember 2023/January 2024
Commissioner Decision and Board Vote (if recommended)February 2024

  • FY2024 Enrollment Projections by District for New Applications and Expansion Amendments
    The 2023-2024 projections do not guarantee the number of seats available for award in any district in FY2024. The actual number of seats that may be available for award in any district in any particular year cannot be predicted with certainty and is dependent on several factors, including district enrollment, district spending levels, student enrollment for existing charter schools, and changes in the net school spending caps of individual districts.

Please contact Alyssa Hopkins with any questions about seat availability or the 2023-2024 charter application process.

Last Updated: August 25, 2023

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