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.

New School Choice Pandemic Response Funding

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.

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 must be received by the deadline given by the LDE. See below for application details. 

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New School Choice Funding 3 Year Budget

School Choice Pandemic Relief 3 Year Budget

Virtual Charter Application Orientation Sessions

The Department of Education will be hosting orientation sessions for anyone interested in opening a charter school during this upcoming application cycle.

Virtual Orientation Sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • February 24, 2022 at 2:00pm CST
  • March 23, 2022 at 9:00am CST
  • April 20, 2022 at 5:00pm CST
  • May 6, 2022 at 12:00pm CST
  • June 7, 2022, at 10:00am CST
  • July 1, 2022 at 2:00pm CST

To join the sessions:

  • Via Phone
    1-312-626-6799 meeting ID: 5938275333

2021-2022 New Charter School Request for Applications

In October 2021, BESE approved the 2022 Common Charter Application. Applicant groups shall choose to be considered by submitting one of three applications based on requirements outlined below. All applicants, regardless of track (new operator, experienced operator or virtual operator), must complete and submit the Overview Template along with the rest of the group’s application materials. See below for the approved common charter applications.

  • Letter of Intent
  • Any organization or individual interested in applying for the Charter Request for Proposal 2022 cycle shall submit a Letter of Intent by May 13th, 2022.
  • The Letter of Intent shall contain the following information:
  • Vision Statement 
  • Mission of the Intended School 
  • Intended Instructional Model 
  • Proposed Opening Year 
  • Intended Grades to be served 
  • Projected and target enrollment 
  • Interested Location
  • All applicant groups must complete this document and submit along with the rest of the group’s application materials.

The Charter Application Evaluation Rubric Standards March 2022 is used as a guide for the review and evaluation of charter applications by the third-party independent evaluator. 

  • Local authorizers may use these standards in the local evaluation process but are not required to do so.  
  • Charter Applicants typically use these standards as a guide throughout the development of the charter application and as a rubric against which to evaluate the completeness and quality of the proposed charter application.  
  • The Department of Education uses these standards as the basis for the third-party review conducted by an independent third party team of reviewers.     


May 13, 2022

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

May 27, 2022

  • Eligibility Determination Forms Due

July 8, 2022

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

August 15-19, 2022

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

October 11, 2022

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

Please reach out to with any questions.