How to Start a Charter School
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. Charter school development requires a team effort, diverse skills and talents, commitment, and hard work. It is imperative that school developers understand the attributes of a quality school and build a strong foundation from the beginning.
Charter schools in Arizona are primarily authorized by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, although the Arizona Department of Education and Arizona universities and community colleges can also oversee charter schools. These entities evaluate a charter school’s academic, fiscal and operational compliance. They hold charter schools accountable for students’ academic performance, compliance with state laws and management of public funding. Find out more about the State Charter Board here.
School Development Support
The Association offers membership support to educators, parents, and community leaders who are developing a charter school. There are two memberships options in this category.
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.
New Schools For Phoenix works to recruit and equip leaders to open and lead high-quality schools in Phoenix. The Association partners with New Schools For Phoenix for some of our school start-up programs and membership support services.