School Development

Support for New Charter Operators

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.

I Want to Start a Charter School

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

New School Developer Membership

New School Developer Membership

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.

School Start Up Support

School Start Up Support

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.

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?

Which grade levels do you plan to serve in your first year? Please check all that apply.
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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.