Charter School Applicants

Several types of charter schools operate in the state of Texas. State-authorized charter schools include Open-Enrollment Subchapter D, Subchapter E, and Mission Specific. District-authorized Subchapter C Charter Schools also operate in Texas, and information can be found on our Campus Charters page.

New Webinar Series: Navigating the Charter School Application

The Division of Charter School Authorizing is excited to announce our upcoming webinar series Navigating the Charter School Application Process. This two-part series will provide valuable insights into the process of applying for an open-enrollment charter school in Texas.

Whether you're new to the charter school landscape or have previously applied for a charter without success, this webinar aims to provide insight into key areas of our application process well in advance of our application launch. In doing this, we hope to provide more time for applicants to build a foundation for a stronger application. 

Please note, these webinars are optional and will not meet attendance requirements for the Generation 30 Mandatory Application Information Session. 

Session 1

On April 19th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, our first session we will explore: 

  • Comprehensive Application Overview
  • Important Timelines and Milestones
  • Purpose, Definitions, and Agency Expectations of Charter Schools
  • Defining Eligibility and Strong Governance
  • Developing and Communicating the Mission and Vision

Resources

Session 2

On June 7th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, our second session we will explore:

  • Charter School State Funding 
  • Components of the Financial Plan
  • Aspects of Charter School Operations and Facilities 
  • Understanding the Superintendent Role

Generation 29 Timeline

Key dates from the Generation 29 application timeline are outlined below, followed by detailed application process sections.

Activity Dates
Request for Application Published July 21, 2023
Information Sessions July 28 and August 4, 2023
Application Submission Deadline November 3, 2023
Completion Check November 6–November 27, 2023
Remedy Period December 4–December 8, 2023
Determination Notifications sent to Applicants: Removal or Advancement to External Review December 20, 2023*
External Review of Complete Applications January 12–April 8, 2024
Additional Read Window (automatic) April 8–April 12, 2024
Determination Notifications sent to Applicants: Determination of Advancement to Capacity April 15, 2024*
Interview May 7–17, 2024
Capacity Interviews with representatives from the 鶹ý and the State Board of Education May 7–17, 2024
Commissioner Proposes Awards May 27, 2024
State Board of Education Meeting June 2024

* On or around date listed

Subchapter D: Open-Enrollment Charters

This application cycle is now closed.

Subchapter D charters are open-enrollment charter schools operated by an eligible entity as defined in . The state may grant open-enrollment charters to the following entities:

  • An institution of higher education as defined under ;
  • A private or independent institution of higher education as defined under ;
  • An organization that is exempt from taxation under , Internal Revenue Code of 1986 [26 U.S.C.S. Section 501(c)(3)]; or
  • A governmental entity.

Webinars

Information Session (July 28th, 2023)

Governance & Community Engagement (August 9, 2023)

Agency Programs and Initiatives (August 16, 2023)

High-Quality Instructional Materials (August 23, 2023)

Special Populations (August 30, 2023)

  • Webinar Recording Unavailable

Financial Plan Workbook Best Practices & Charter School Program Start-Up Grant (September 6, 2023)

  • Webinar Recording Unavailable

Application Final Touches & Submission (October 31, 2023)

  • Webinar Recording Unavailable

Subchapter E: Public College or University Charters

This application cycle is now closed.

Subchapter E charters are open-enrollment charter schools operated by an eligible entity as defined in . The state may grant open-enrollment charters to the following entities:

  • a public senior college or university for an open-enrollment charter school to operate on the campus of the public senior college or university or, subject to Subsection (b), at another location in any county in this state; or
  • a public junior college for an open-enrollment charter school to operate on the campus of the public junior college or in the same county in which the campus of the public junior college is located.

Webinars

Information Session (July 28th, 2023)

Governance & Community Engagement (August 9, 2023)

Agency Programs and Initiatives (August 16, 2023)

High-Quality Instructional Materials (August 23, 2023)

Special Populations (August 30, 2023)

  • Webinar Recording Unavailable

Financial Plan Workbook Best Practices & Charter School Program Start-Up Grant (September 6, 2023)

  • Webinar Recording Unavailable

Application Final Touches & Submission (October 31, 2023)

  • Webinar Recording Unavailable

Subchapter G: Adult Education Charters

This application cycle is now open.

Subchapter G charters are adult education open-enrollment charter schools operated by an eligible entity as defined in . The state may grant adult education charters to the following entities:

  • a nonprofit entity,
  • a school district,
  • an entity granted a charter under Subchapter D,
  • a general academic teaching institution, public junior college, or public technical institute, as defined by TEC Section 61.003, and;
  • the entity, or a member of the entity ’s executive leadership, has a successful history of providing education services, including industry certifications and job placement services, to adults 18 years of age and older whose educational and training opportunities have been limited by educational disadvantages, disabilities, homelessness, criminal history, or similar marginalizing circumstances.

Resources

Webinars

Information Session (April 29th, June 3rd, August 5th, 2024)

Other Application-Process Related Subpages

Contact Information

Charter Application Team
CharterApplication@tea.texas.gov

Brittany Glenn
Manager, New Schools Team
brittany.glenn@tea.texas.gov

John Garland
New Schools Specialist 
John.Garland@tea.texas.gov

Sarah Khan
New Schools Specialist
sarah.khan@tea.texas.gov