How to Start a Charter School

Starting a Charter School, authorized by the State Charter School Board, is a lengthy process with several milestones along the way; however, staff is committed to providing support and guidance along the way.

For questions, or for more information, please email Marie Steffensen or call her at 801-538-7990.

Proposal to Charter School Process
How to Start a Charter School

Timeline for 2023-2024 Applicants
Timeline for 2024-2025 Applicants

Step 1: Attend a MANDATORY New Charter School Orientation
Join us at one of the live sessions
 (See flyer below) .

Register for Pre-Proposal Training HERE

Step 2: Submit a Proposal

Currently accepting for: opening school year 2024-2025
All new Charter School proposals are due June 25, 2022


Step 3: Present Proposal to the Utah State Charter School Board 

Opening School Year 2024-2025

Typically, the last week of August.


Step 4: Move forward based on official SCSB vote regarding your proposal

  • If invited to apply, complete the Application Process

    • Only schools invited to apply through the proposal process should fill out the full application.

  • If your school is not invited to apply, you may:

    • Continue to work with staff and try again the following year (return to step 1)

    • Seek another authorizer

    • Lend help/support to an existing charter school

    • Choose to no longer pursue starting a charter school

Step 5: Post Proposal/Pre Application Bootcamp. Occurs the last week of August for those invited to complete a full application. 

New School Application (Due November 5, 2021)
Only schools invited to apply through the proposal process should fill out the full application
Budget Template

This template is located under the Helpful Information section of Starting a Charter School. This template is used to complete the Business Section of the full application.


Step 6: Attend Pre-Operational Workshops (in partnership with UAPCS and UCN)

Step 7: Present Full Application to the State Charter School Board
Typically occurs the second Thursday and possibly Friday in January

Step 8: Meet with the SCSB Authorization and Support Specialist to create contractual goals and sign charter agreement

Step 9: Continue to attend Pre-Operational Trainings and Complete Readiness to Open Checklist

Step 10: Hire Director, transition to supportive governing board leadership, enroll students, and enjoy your journey to becoming an innovative, highly accountable, high performing charter school. (SCSB Core Values)

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