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South Carolina Public Charter School District :: Charter Initiatives

Charter Initiatives
2014 Application


Traci Bryant-Riches, Director of Charter Initiatives




Charter Committees must submit a Letter of Intent 90 days prior to submitting an application.

 No paper copies of the application are required at that time.  Committees will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours acknowledging the receipt of the application and with details of their charter committee capacity meeting. (Capacity Meeting Requirements)


Charter Committees have the opportunity to listen to the webinars for the current application.  The links for each webinar and handouts are listed in the table below.  The application has been divided into 4 parts (see below) in order to cover the information thoroughly including the appendices that accompany each section.

Review the Application Process and Guidelines for 2014                         Application in MS Word

2014 Application link to SDE website 


    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 2016 application is released from the SC State Department of Education. The current application is posted here. The 2016 application should be released by February 2015 for 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


What is a Capacity Meeting?

The capacity meeting is held between the applicant and the SCPCSD staff.  At this meeting the applicant should strive to prove that the charter committee has the capacity to open and oversee a school.  The SCPCSD is making great strides in improving the applicant/approval process in order to only approved applications where the charter committee can demonstrate high capacity in the areas of compliance, educational program, EMO oversight, fiduciary and governance.  The outcome of the meeting will result in either a recommendation to the SCPCSD Board of Trustees to approve the charter application or not based on specific grounds.  All charter committees should take this meeting extremely seriously and bring all the members required to demonstration a high quality committee. 


 Please address all questions and inquiries for schools applying with the SCPCSD to the Director of Charter Initiatives , Traci Bryant-Riches via email at or by phone 803/734-0524.


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

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 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 persons have been designated to handle the nondiscrimination policies. For questions pertaining to Section 504 contact the Director of Federal Programs and School Safety, questions pertaining to Title IX contact the Director of New School Development at 3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 201, Columbia, SC 29204, 803/734-8322.