Charter Initiatives


Please contact:
Laura Bayne
Director of Communications
Phone: 803-734-8326


To access all applicable forms and additional resources, please click here.


Application Process:

  1. Letter of Intent to Apply, due 90 days prior to application submittal
  2. Application Submittal
  3. Application Evaluation (see flow chart for details)
  4. Hearing with SCPCSD Board of Trustees
  5. Contract and Pre-Opening Conditions



1. Letter of Intent to Apply

At least ninety days prior to the submittal of the application, the committee must complete the Letter of Intent (LOI) and email it to the Director Communications.  The LOI is not binding if the committee decides to withdraw from the process.  The Letter of Intent is available here.  If all the questions on the LOI are not known at the time, please write TBD in the space provided.


2. Application Submittal

The deadline to submit an application to open a school in the 2016-17 school year is June 1, 2015.  Because the deadline decision was recently set, groups must still submit an LOI but may do so with less than 90 days notice. No paper copies of the application are required at the initial submission time.  Once the application is submitted, the SCPCSD has 90 days to have a public hearing and rule on the application.


3. Application Evaluation

The Application Timeline flow chart (also available in the pre-application packet) details the various stages of evaluation. If a group fails to advance past any given stage, the district staff will not be recommending approval of the application to the board.


4. Hearing with SCPCSD Board of Trustees

Prior to the end of 90 days the SCPCSD Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing for the application.  Any electronic presentation to be used at the board meeting must be submitted 48 hours prior to the board meeting.


5. Contract and Pre-Opening Conditions

Schools approved by the SCPCSD Board of Trustees must enter into a contract with SCPCSD prior to the opening of school.  The contract template is available for review as well as the Pre-Opening Conditions that also must be met before receiving state funds. 




The webinars below are aligned to the 2014 application packet but are available for reference.                  


    Application Sections
  1.  Mission, Need and Educational Program Webinar Part I   Webinar Part IB  Powerpoint
   2. Enrollment, Goals and Evaluating Pupil Performance Accountability System Webinar  Goal Template Goals Powerpoint Webinar Part II
   3. Governance, Parent Involvement, Discipline and Special Needs Assessing Special Education CapacityBoard Requirements, Powerpoint Part III, Webinar Part III, Special Ed Policies

Budget, Insurance, Transportation, Employees, Facilities and Educational School Management Contracts  Highly Qualified, Powerpoint Part IV, Finance Handout, EFA Chart Webinar Part IV


These webinars will be updated when the new 2015 application is released from the SC State Department of Education. The 2015 application should be released by February 2015 for schools opening in the 2016 school year.  The SCPCSD also urges new charter committees to also avail themselves to the webinars hosted by the SC Public Charter School Alliance in addition to the ones posted here prior to the submittal of your application. Their website is http://www.sccharterschools.org/.


Transferring into SCPCSD 

Schools interested in transferring their sponsorship to SCPCSD must complete the Transfer Form and submit to the SCPCSD by January 5, 2015.



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The South Carolina Public Charter School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or immigrant status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person have been designated to handle the nondiscrimination policies. For questions pertaining to Section 504 and Title IX, contact the Director of Federal Programs and School Safety, at 3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 201, Columbia, SC 29204, 803/734-8322.