Starting a charter school is not for the faint of heart. It requires passion, perseverance, and a relentless belief in the potential of every child. To those who take on the challenge comes the opportunity to change history.
For far too long, students and families in South Carolina have been shortchanged by the educational system. Income and race remain major predictors of achievement. We can and must change this by authorizing incredible charter schools, ensuring access and equity for all students.
"Every member of the Midlands Arts Conservatory's planning committee believes in our vision for a high-quality, immersive arts education. The process of holding community meetings, writing our charter, and presenting to the board made that vision real for us. We now know an ever-widening group of passionate families, educators, and citizens who are hungry to be a part of a community that will nurture students' creativity, love of the arts, and academic growth. Starting a school will continue to be difficult. With the voices of our future students ringing in our ears, we stay motivated to face those inevitable challenges."
Moving from the idea of opening a charter school to the reality of operating one is a lengthy and rigorous process. Not only does it require the desire to alter the educational trajectories of kids but also years of preparation, community buy-in, and a team of true leaders with varying areas of expertise. Learn more here about what it takes to start a high-quality charter school.
From when to submit a letter of intent to how to format the components of your application, this is your one-stop shop.
Every applicant must follow specific formatting and submission instructions, which are detailed here.