New Charter Application


Call for Quality Charter Schools

The ASBCS conducts an annual cycle for new charter applications. The New Charter Application for schools opening Fall 2024 and beyond was approved by the ASBCS on February 13, 2023. The timeline for the current application cycle is found below.

Key Steps
Applicant Workshops Late March/Early April
Letter of Intent Due April 3, 2023
Application Due May 31, 2023
Soft deadline date April 24, 2023
Applicant Capacity Interview    October 2023
ASBCS Consideration  December 2023 Board Meeting

Applicants interested in submitting an application should be familiar with charter school legislation. 

The Charter School Law

Arizona State Board for Charter Schools 2024-2025 Application

On February 13, 2023, the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools approved the application and instructions for the 2023 cycle for schools opening in the 2024-2025 school year. The approved application instructions were posted to this page on March 3, 2023.

Required forms and templates for the application cycle were posted on the Forms/Templates tab on March 10, 2023. To avoid an application being deemed administratively incomplete, ensure that all forms or templates you are using include the year 2023 in the footer.

New Charter Application Instructions

New Charter Application Instructions for Applicants with an Arizona Online Instruction Program

Applicant Workshops

Board staff will present virtual training for applicants during the application cycle. Training will focus on clarification of the instructions and process, and to identify common pitfalls for applicants. 

Training dates are as follows:

  •  March 28, 2023 - New Charter Process Overview and Educational Plan
  •  March 29, 2023 - Operational and Business Plans
  •  March 30, 2023 -Academic Systems Plan and Instructional Analysis

The above listed sessions will take place from 12:00-3:00 p.m. 

Additionally, a live Q&A Session will be held on Friday, April 7, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Complete this Google Form to indicate your planned attendance at the training sessions and receive the link to the virtual session.

Contact Information

For questions about the New Charter Application, please contact Rachel Hannah at [email protected].

New Charter Contract

The Board grants new charter contracts to qualifying applicants through its new charter application and replication application processes. These contracts are for 15 years.

Arizona Corporation Commission

The Corporations Division of the Arizona Corporation Commission approves for filing all articles of incorporation for Arizona business and all articles of organization for limited liability companies, as well as grants authority to foreign corporations to transact business in Arizona. The Division also collects from every corporation an annual report which reflects its current status, business, and financial condition. For more information on the different types of entities and associated filing requirements, visit the Arizona Corporation Commission’s website.

Fingerprint Clearance Cards

The officers, directors, members, or partners of an entity applying for a charter must obtain a non-identity verified  fingerprint clearance card unless their duties also involve responsibilities that would require them to obtain an identity verified fingerprint clearance card pursuant to A.R.S. §15-183(C)(5). The non-identity verified fingerprint clearance card application, includes a box for “Arizona Charter School Board Member/Applicant”. To determine the status of an individual’s fingerprint clearance card or fingerprint clearance card application, visit the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s website. The website includes fingerprint clearance cards issued through the identity verified and non-identity verified processes.