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Charter Schools

About Florida's Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools of choice. They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida. Charter schools are largely free to innovate, and often provide more effective programs and choice to diverse groups of students.

Since 1996, the number of charter schools in Florida has grown to over 570 in 2012-13. Charter school student enrollment now tops 200,000 students.

Check out the Charter School Program Statistics (PDF, 174KB) for more details.


  • Approved Applicant Training

    The approved applicant trainings have been scheduled for May and June 2014. Section 1002.33(6)(f)2., F.S., requires a charter school applicant to participate in the training provided by the Department of Education after approval of an application but at least 30 calendar days before the first day of classes at the charter school. For more information and to register, view the New Applicants information page.

  • 2014-16 Dissemination Competitions: New Dissemination Sub-grant Competition Announced

    The Department has released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) through Florida's Charter Schools Program (CSP) Office in order to fund two (2) dissemination sub-grants to eligible charter schools that serve students in Grades K-5. The overarching purpose of these competitive grants is to disseminate the best practices that are occurring in Florida's charter schools to other public schools across the state, including charter schools. Each dissemination sub-grant has a maximum award of $250,000 for implementing projects during a 24-27 month period. All applications will undergo a rigorous evaluation and scoring process. Continue reading

  • Supporting Charter School Transition To Florida Standards

    Through Florida’s Race to the Top State-Level Project, Public Consulting Group (PCG) is presenting a multi-tiered comprehensive Professional Development system offering charter school administrators, teachers, and governing board members face-to-face regional training sessions and a web-based blended model to improve capacity of participating teachers and school leaders as they plan for and monitor next steps in Florida Standards implementation. Continue reading
  • 2014-17 Public Charter Schools Program Grant (CSP) Request for Proposals

    The Department is excited to announce the release of the 2014-17 Public Charter Schools Program Grant (CSP) Request for Proposals. The purpose of the CSP grant is to provide financial support to newly approved charter schools. The 2014-17 CSP competition will utilize a 2-stage process. Stage I proposals are due by January 10, 2014 at 5:00pm (EST). Continue reading
  • Free PD Workshops for Florida's Charter Schools (July 2013 – August 2014)

    The Florida's Charter Schools Program (CSP) Office is sponsoring numerous Professional Development (PD) workshops facilitated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from August 2013 - August 2014. DEP workshops are open to all charter school educators at No Cost. Continue reading.
  • Charter Support Unit (CSU)

    A major objective set forth in Florida’s 2011-16 Charter School Program (CSP) grant with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) requires the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to establish a Charter Support Unit (CSU). Continue reading.

    The Florida Charter Schools Online Learning Community Project entitled "CPALMS CHARTER", has been launched by the Florida State University School (FSUS). Continue reading.

    The presentation provides an overview of Florida's Value-Added Model and how it should be used for teacher evaluations and walks participants through sample VAM reports and discusses the different data points. The webinar also provides guidance as to how charters schools may be interpreted and used within the teacher evaluation system. Continue reading.

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