Starting a Charter School

Given the freedom to be innovative while still being held accountable for improving student achievement, charter schools have changed the public education landscape, have empowered parents to be true partners in a child’s education and academic success, and have raised the bar for what is possible in public education. Created more than 20 years ago in an effort to improve our nation’s public school system and close the achievement gap, charter schools have done that and more. In Florida, charter schools serve a variety of students. From the South Florida Autism School to Glades Preparatory in Pahokee, Bok Academy in Lake Wales to the City of Hialeah Educational Academy – operated in partnership with the city’s Fire and Police Departments, Bay Haven Charter in Panama City to Key West Collegiate Academy in the state’s southernmost point…charter schools are helping the children they serve surpass all expectations. If you have an idea for a great school…one that breaks with tradition, or that serves communities that are underserved, or aims to help kids and their families succeed, then you’ve come to the right place. The links below will provide you with essential information. If you need a consultant to help you and your founding board through this process, contact

Writing a Charter School Application: Tips for new applicants

A Toolkit for Charter Support Organizations and Charter School Founders

Statutes, Rules & Model Forms from the Florida Department of Education

New Applicant Training

Governance Training for charter school board members

Model Application / Forms for Charter School Applicants and Sponsors

Charter School Program Grant

US Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program

FAQ from Florida Department of Education

District Contacts