Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice
Charter School Applicant Training
Approved Applicant Training
Applicant Training is closed.
Charter school applications are due to the sponsor (school district) by August 1 of each calendar year for charter schools to be opened at the beginning of the school district's next school year, or to be opened at a time agreed to by the applicant and the sponsor.
We recommend contacting the school district for specific application requirements.
In addition, section 1002.33(6), F.S., requires charter school applicants to submit an application on a model application form developed by the Department. The sponsor must then review the application using the evaluation instrument also developed by the Department. If approved, the sponsor will present a contract for negotiation using the model contract format.
Model forms can be accessed at https://www.floridaschoolchoice.org/Information/Charter_Schools/Forms_Charter.asp
Section 1002.33(6)(c), F.S., provides that a charter school applicant may appeal any denial of that applicant's application or failure to act on an application to the State Board of Education no later than 30 calendar days after receipt of the sponsor's decision or failure to act and shall notify the sponsor of its appeal.
State Board Rule 6A-6.0781, F.A.C., establishes procedures for appealing a district school board decision to deny an application for a charter school.