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South Carolina Public Charter School District :: Charter Initiatives

Charter Initiatives
2014 Application


Traci Bryant-Riches, Director of Charter Initiatives


 Any group interested in starting a charter school should contact the Director of Charter Initiatives to schedule an information session at their earliest convenience.








Charter Committees must submit the application via email to on July 7, 2014.  No paper copies are required at that time.  Committees will receive a confirmation email on July 8, 2014 with details of their application hearing.


Schools planning to open in 2015 have the opportunity to listen to the webinars that were presented last fall.  The links for each webinar and handouts are listed inthe 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


There may be some revisions to the application over the course of the next few months and if that happens, you will be kept informed. The current application is attached. The SCPCSD strongly urges you to also avail yourself to the webinars hosted by the SC Public Charter School Alliance prior to the submittal of your application. Their website is

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

Important Note: The deadline for the Letter of Intent for the 2015-16 school year is January 3, 2014.

All groups applying with the SCPCSD must first have a Capacity Meeting with the staff prior to submitting the applicaiton to the State Department of Education.  Capacity Meeting Requirements

Schools interested in transferring their sponsorship to SCPCSD must complete the Transfer Form and submit to the SCPCSD by January 3, 2014.

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 recieving 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.