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District Charter Application

Charter Application Process

Caddo Parish School Board 2021 District Charter School Application Process for Schools Opening in the 2022-2023 School Year or Beyond

Forms and Information Needed for Submission of a Type 1 or Type 3 Charter School Proposal

In compliance with R.S. 17:3982, the Caddo Parish School Board is making public through our website, and in printed form upon request, the guidelines for submitting a charter proposal, all forms required for submission of a charter proposal, the timelines established for accepting and reviewing charter proposals, the process that will be used to review charter proposals submitted to the board, and the name and contact information for a primary point of contact for charter proposals.

Charter School Application

On January 19, 2021, BESE approved the 2021 Common Charter Application. Applicant groups shall choose to be considered by submitting one of three applications based on requirements set forth:

    • New Operator
      • Nonprofit organization whose primary members (founder and/or proposed school leader) do not have prior experience in leading or managing a public school; and

      • Who do not intend to employ an educational service provider (ESP) with prior experience in leading or managing public schools.

    • Experienced Operator
      • Nonprofit organizations whose primary members (founder and/or proposed school leader) have prior experience in leading or managing a single public school; and/or

      • Nonprofit organizations which have operated more than one charter school; and/or

      • Nonprofit organizations which intend to employ an education service provider (ESP) which has operated more than one charter school.

    • Virtual School Operator
      • Nonprofit organizations that seek to operate a public school facility aligned to the definition of a Virtual School as outlined in BESE Bulletin 126.

In addition to the charter application narratives aligned to one of the applications above, each applicant group must complete and submit this Overview Template along with the rest of the group’s application materials.


Charter School Process Schedule

January 22, 2021: Charter application released

April 5, 2021: Applications Due

Applicants should email the five required sets of documents to kburton@caddoschools.org.

July 16, 2021: Last day for Caddo Parish School Board to make decisions to approve or deny charter applications

Charter Application Review Process

All charter applications will be reviewed by an independent evaluator with educational, organizational, legal, and financial expertise.  Applicants will have the opportunity to provide to the evaluator a written response to the independent evaluation of their charter application before the evaluator provides a final recommendation to Caddo Parish School Board.


Charter School Contact Information

Individuals or organizations with questions about the district’s charter application process should contact:
Keith Burton, Chief Academic Officer
Email: kburton@caddoschools.org
Phone: 318.603.6288