The charter school application process provides Louisiana non-profit organizations with the opportunity to create schools that parents and guardians desire for their students. Charter schools can provide new opportunities to students across Louisiana, and especially to the over 130,000 students who are currently stuck in D and F schools across the state.

The 2020 Common Charter Application–which can be found on the sidebar to the right–includes all of the information that a charter applicant might need in order to successfully navigate the application process, including eligibility criteria for applying for each charter type, a timeline, guidelines, and numerous resources. Before beginning to complete an application, applicants are also encouraged to review the application in its entirety. 

If a question cannot be answered by the application and resources found on this page, applicants may submit questions to Department staff. Please submit questions about the charter application process to