Support for New Charter Operators

School Development

The Association is committed to the development of high-performing public charter schools and offers extensive support for teams looking to open a new charter school or expand a current high performing school. Starting a charter school is a team effort that requires a great deal of forethought and hard work before doors open on day one. For individuals or groups interested in petitioning for a new charter school, navigating the requirements of new school development can be arduous.  The founding group must be willing to scrutinize its ability to commit a significant amount of time and energy toward the development of a charter school before embarking on the application process. Find out more about charter schools here.

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I Want to Start a Charter

The Arizona Charter Schools Association is committed to supporting founding groups in their efforts to develop a high quality charter school. Please take a few moments to let us know about your new school initiative.

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Charter Smarter Kit

Our Charter Smarter Kit provides the basics of Arizona charter school start-up via online presentations, in depth materials and access to additional support services.

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School Start Up Consulting

Additional, customized support including charter petition guidance and review, governing board development, academic program design consulting, business planning, etc. is available for select teams on a fee for service basis.

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Professional Development

Our Start Smart, Stay Smart training series is designed to guide prospective charter school operators through the process of starting a charter school. We’ll help you build capacity so you can start smart the moment you open your doors.

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Transitional Membership

The Transitional Charter Membership is designed for charter holders approved by a state authorizer and working to open a new school. This membership includes all of the benefits of the full Charter School Membership.

Charter Smarter Kit

The Arizona Charter Schools Association and the Center for Student Achievement are committed to the development of high-performing public charter schools and collaborates to offer extensive support for teams interested in opening a new charter school or expanding a current high performing school.

($500 – one-year access)
Our Charter Smarter Kit provides the basics of Arizona charter school start-up via online presentations, in depth materials and access to additional support services. The kit includes:

  • Initial 30 minute informational meeting with Association staff
  • Three online presentations covering important charter school start up including:
    • So You Want to Start a Charter School? – the basics of opening a charter school,
    • Charter School Governance 101 – a guide to your legal responsibilities around school board governance,
    • An Overview of the Quality Standards – a resource to ensure your school meets the state’s standards for quality.
  • Guidance for Founding Committees Handbook – This must have resource is designed to help you self-assess and determine your readiness for starting a school in Arizona.
  • Weekly Newsletter Updates – This members-only resource will keep you informed of critical policy, academic and financial issues that impact all phases of your charter school journey.
  • Discounted Professional Development – The Charter Smarter Kit includes members-only pricing at Association events to help you stay current with best practices, network, and learn from proven leaders in Arizona’s robust charter school sector.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Watterson, yvonne@azcharters.org.

School Start Up Consulting

Custom Data Support and Analysis

Assistance in the gathering, synthesis, interpretation and reporting of relevant community, academic and financial data for the application process and on-going school operations.

$200/hour
(4 hour minimum)

Customized Support

Customized consulting specific to developing a charter application is available for select teams on a fee for service basis. This support can include charter petition guidance, academic program design, business planning and governing board development.

$155/hour
(hours depend on need)

Application Review

Association will provide suggested revisions and feedback on the full application based on the scoring criteria. We review only a few examples of the required Instructional Analyses, since the same errors are often repeated across multiple samples.

$155/hour
(20-30 hours per application)

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Transitional Charter Membership

($400 – 1.5 year membership)
The Transitional Charter Membership is designed for charter holders approved by a state authorizer and working to open a new school. This membership includes all of the benefits of the full Charter School Membership including advocacy, free and discounted professional development, weekly newsletter updates, joint purchasing programs and much more. This membership begins once your charter is approved and extends until the end of your first year of operation.Teams interested in the Transitional Charter Membership should contact Damon Norris, damon@azcharters.org or 602-944-0644.

I Want to Start A Charter School

The Arizona Charter Schools Association is committed to supporting founding groups in their efforts to develop a high quality charter school. Charter school development is at minimum a two-year process which includes planning, writing the charter application, finding a facility, and completing all the tasks necessary to open the school. The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools requires charter applicants to submit a completed charter application in June of each year. The application is reviewed and ultimately approved or denied in December with schools expected to open the following August – a short period in which to prepare a school for opening.

Please take a few moments to let us know about your new school initiative.

Why are you interested in opening a charter school?

Please select the choice that best describes where you are in the process of starting a charter school.

Ideally, where will your school be located?

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About how many students do you plan to serve in your first year?

Please describe the focus of your proposed school and what makes it innovative compared to other district or charter schools in the target area.