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.


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. Orientations will begin in January, 2022.


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.
Note: Full applications for BESE-Authorized charter schools (Types 2, 4, and 5 charter schools) will be released in January 2022.

  • New Operator Application
    • Nonprofit organization whose primary members (founder and/or proposed school leader) do not have prior experience in leading or managing a public school; and

    • Who do not intend to employ an educational service provider (ESP) with prior experience in leading or managing public schools.

  • Experienced Operator Application
    • Nonprofit organizations whose primary members (founder and/or proposed school leader) have prior experience in leading or managing a single public school; and/or

    • Nonprofit organizations which have operated more than one charter school; and/or

    • Nonprofit organizations which intend to employ an education service provider (ESP) which has operated more than one charter school.

  • Virtual School Operator Application
    • Nonprofit organizations that seek to operate a public school facility aligned to the definition of a Virtual School as outlined in BESE Bulletin 126.

Overview Template

  • All applicant groups must complete this document and submit along with the rest of the group’s application materials.

Evaluation rubric and standards will be released by January 5th, 2022.


KEY DATES FOR BESE-AUTHORIZED CHARTER APPLICANTS*

  • May 13, 2022: LDOE application window opens for Types 2, 4, and 5 applicants.
  • July 8, 2022: LDOE submission deadline for the full application for Types 2, 4, and 5 applicants.
  • October 11, 2022: Types 2, 4, and 5 Applicants: BESE considers applications for new charter schools.

*Note: This list includes a limited selection of key dates and deadlines. Please see the local authorizer's websites for a full description of timelines.

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