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Application Process

Step 1

Letter of Intent

Letters of Intent must be submitted to the South Carolina Public Charter School District as the charter school sponsor by November 3, 2017 for applicants seeking to open in the 2019-2020 school year.

Please complete the Letter of Intent at the link above and submit it electronically to both:

Step 2

Charter Application

Please read the letter to pre-applicants for more details on how to prepare your charter application.


Both the SCPCSD and the SC Department of Education (SCDE) must receive an electronic copy of each charter application between January 25, 2018-February 1, 2018. No applications will be accepted before January 25, 2018 or after 5:00pm on February 1, 2018.


Please click here for the 2018 South Carolina Charter School Application.


The South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) conducted a Pre-Applicant Training Session on Friday, December 1, 2017.  This training was for groups that submitted a Letter of Intent to the SCPCSD to open a charter school in the 2019-2020 school year. Presentations which were shared at that training can be found below.


Best Practices in Starting a Charter School

SCPCSD Priorities and Responsibilities

Application Overview Educational & Organizational Plans

Application Overview Business Plan

Step 3


Once the application is submitted, the SCPCSD Board of Trustees must hold a public hearing within 90 days to determine whether or not the group will be granted a charter.

SCDE charter application rubric coming soon.