Charter School Application Process:
For District Admins

Local school boards play an integral role in authorizing charter schools that ensure that the needs of all students are met. By authorizing charter schools, local school boards fill gaps in the scope of educational services offered to communities they serve and provide new options to underserved student populations. Local school boards authorize Type 1 and Type 3 charter schools in Louisiana.

Although a common charter application is created by the state, the district charter application process is ultimately a local process. Local districts have intimate knowledge of the needs of their communities and are well-positioned to provide applicants with the district-specific resources and support they need.

The Department has prepared a number of resources to support districts in running their charter school application processes, including a new model template with text that districts may post to their websites. Links to those resources can be found on the right sidebar. 

District leaders may address any questions about the district charter school application process to


Application Process for Schools Opening as Early as Fall 2018:

  • January 6, 2017 – Districts must post all legally required charter application information to their website

  • February 24, 2017 – Deadline for district charter applicants to submit applications

  • June 1, 2017 – Deadline for local school boards to make approval decisions