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Charter Schools

​​​​​​​A charter school is a public school of choice that operates under the terms of a charter, or contract, with an authorizer, such as the state and local boards of education in accordance with the Charter Schools Act, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2060.  Charter schools receive flexibility from certain state and local rules in exchange for a higher degree of accountability for raising student achievement.  Charter schools are held accountable by their authorizer(s) for upholding the terms of their charter. 

​​Georgia’s first charter school law was passed in 1993.  This law allowed for the creation of conversion charter schools, which are charter schools that previously existed as a local school.  The ​first three conversion charter schools were approved in 1995.  ​The charter school law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2060)​ was expanded in 1998, allowing for the addition of both start up locally approved charter schools (charter schools that did not previously exist as a traditional school)  ​

Charter School Information 

History of Charters Granted and Terminated

​Charter School Applicants

Sample Letter of Intent​​​​​

Charter School Applications 

Start Up Charter School Contract​

Charter Renewal Memo 

Charter School Governing Board Training 

​​Rules and Regulations

​​Georgia Charter School Statute ​

Charter Rules and Regulations 

LUA Manual

Requirements For Serving Gifted Students

Weighted Lottery Guidance 

Resources for Local Charter School Authorizers

​​GaDOE School Closure Protocol 

Authorizer Webinar Series

National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)

​Resources for Local Charter School Boards

Financial Training for New Local Charter School Board Members​

Charter School Governing Board Model Code of Ethics​

Charter School Board Governance Training Providers 2023 – 2024

Charter School Board Governance Training Providers, 2023-2024 - Course Offerings​

​​Charter Schools Webinars 

Webinars on: ELL/Title III, Gifted, Special Education, Facilities, Data Collections, Annual Report and Grants

​​Charter School Grant Programs  

FY22 Federal Charter Schools Program Subgrant Application

FY20 State Charter Facilities Grants

Charter School Program Grant (CSP) Remote Learning and Access Due to COVID-19 ​
Grant Application Materials
COVID CSP Grant Progess Reports