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Welcome to the SCPCSD! We are excited about working with schools applying to us to open in the 2020-2021 school year. Please join us for our Pre-Applicant Work Session on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the SCPCSD office located at 3710 Landmark Drive Columbia, Sc 29204. It will begin at 10:00 a.m.

If you have questions, please contact Catherine Watt, SCPCSD Director of Charter Development at cwatt@sccharter.org or 803.734.0524.

Please note that the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) publishes the Letter of Intent and the Charter Application each year. The forms for the upcoming 2020 cycle (for schools applying to open in the 2021-2022 school year) have not yet been published. We will post them as soon as they are available. In the meantime, In the meantime, you may view last year’s forms here for reference.


The Letter of Intent for the upcoming cycle must be submitted by November 3, 2019. Please complete the attached form indicating your intent to apply to open a charter school with the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) as your intended sponsor. The form should be emailed to Catherine Watt, SCPCSD Director of Charter Development, at cwatt@sccharter.org. A copy should also be emailed to the SCDE at charterschools@ed.sc.gov.


All charter applications must be submitted electronically via the SCDE's online application portal. The SCDE will conduct a training session on the submission process for all applicants. More information can be found at ed.sc.gov. All applications are due by 5:00pm February 1, 2020.


The application will be reviewed by a team of skilled evaluators. The SCPCSD Board of Trustees will then conduct a public hearing within 90 days of the February 1, 2020 application due date to determine whether or not the charter committee will be granted a charter.

What You'll Need To Submit
  • All applications must be submitted electronically through the SCDE online portal and will be housed in the portal until it closes at 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2020. Late, incomplete, or incorrectly formatted submissions will not be accepted. Technical assistance is available as needed regarding charter school law and applications by contacting the SCDE Charter Schools Program at 803-734-2781.


  • The SCPCSD also requires all applicants to download their full application to a Google Drive in a neatly organized format including an accurately labeled Table of Contents which includes all sections of the application including all Appendices and email the link to cwatt@sccharter.org. This copy of your application is also due by 5 p.m. on February 1, 2019. We will confirm receipt of your submission via email.


  • The SCPCSD will confirm receipt of your application submission via email.


  • Any questions regarding the SCPCSD application process may be directed to Catherine Watt, SCPCSD Director of Charter Development, at cwatt@sccharter.org or 803.734.0524.