Charter School Application Process 

The charter school application process provides Louisiana non-profit organizations with the opportunity to create schools that parents and guardians desire for their students. The students of Louisiana are diverse and thus, shall be provided with school choice options that best fit their individual needs.

The charter school law was enacted by the Louisiana Legislature to create a structure whereby city, parish, and other local public school boards and BESE can authorize the creation of innovative schools for students in Louisiana. BESE, as an authorizer of Type 2, 4, and 5 charter schools, has the responsibility to implement a comprehensive application process with fair procedures and rigorous criteria, enter into charter contracts with approved charter schools that articulate the rights and responsibilities of each party regarding school autonomy, and provide on-going oversight, including monitoring compliance, measuring progress, and implementing interventions in the areas of academic performance, organizational effectiveness, and financial responsibility.

For additional information on starting a charter school or charter school-specific guidance, please visit the Charter School Library.


2022-2023 New Charter School Request for Applications

Applications will open in February 2023. Additional information will be posted by October 1, 2022. 


KEY DATES FOR BESE APPROVED CHARTER APPLICATIONS (Types 2, 4, and 5 Charters)

February 22, 2023

  • LDOE application window opens for Types 2, 4, and 5 applicants.
  • Letter of Intent Due

March 8, 2023

  • Eligibility Determination Forms Due

April 21, 2023

  • LDOE submission deadline for the full application for Types 2, 4, and 5 applicants.

June 12-16, 2023

  • Types 2, 4, and 5 Applicants: Capacity Interviews conducted by third-party evaluator. [Tentative date]

August 22, 2023

  • Types 2, 4, and 5 Applicants: BESE considers applications for new charter schools.

Please reach out to charters@la.gov with any questions.

Virtual Charter Application Orientation Sessions dates are coming soon! Stay up-to-date with monthly school system planning calls by checking the LDOE School System Calendar.

New School Choice Pandemic Response Funding

Overview
New School Choice Pandemic Response Funds (NSC Funds) will be available to Type 1, 2, 3, 3b, 4, and 5 charter schools in the first three years of operation with the purpose of providing evidenced-based interventions to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of students. Awards will utilize the Louisiana Department of Education’s ESSER funding allocated to the SEA. The maximum allocation will be up to $350,000 to be distributed in accordance with the timeline below, upon a successful application. The charter school must comply with all funding requirements related to ESSER funds, including any additional ESSER funding through their authorizer, such as the 20% reservation to provide evidenced-based interventions.

Eligibility
Charter schools that have been approved to open by the local authorizer or the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are eligible to apply. Schools in the planning year prior to opening of the school are eligible to apply for planning and implementation funding and schools in their first semester of operation are eligible to apply for implementation funding. Applications will open again in fall of 2023.