State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia

Georgia's state-level, independent charter school authorizer

State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia


The State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia (SCSC) seeks to improve public education throughout the state by authorizing high-quality charter schools that provide students with better educational opportunities than they would otherwise receive in traditional district schools.


Innovative and superior charter schools advancing education in every community.

What we do

SCSC Announcements

Proposed Rulemaking: Now Open

The SCSC Board of Commissioners approved to initiate Rulemaking Procedures for the following rules:

691-2-.06 State Charter School Sites and Facilities

691-2-.10 Suspension and Probation

The public comment period is open from January 25 - March 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM.

January 2023 Board Meeting Rescheduled

The January 25, 2023, board meeting has been rescheduled to begin at 9 AM due to the Governor's State of the State Address.


SCSC Strategic Plan: Growing a Brighter Future

The State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia Board of Commissioners adopted the agency's inaugural strategic plan at the June 2022 board meeting.

FY23 Start-Up Petition Portal is now OPEN

The SCSC FY23 start-up charter petition portal is now open. Start-up charter petitions must be submitted through the online application portal to be considered. Petitioners may access the application below. 

Petition Application


December 12, 2022 Newsletter

Read about state charter schools' 2020-21 academic performance, 2023 board meeting updates and training opportunities and more!

Quality Authorizing Standards

The SCSC and GaDOE Charter Division worked together to create a set of principles designed to evaluate Georgia charter authorizing bodies on authorizing practices. Informed by both the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing and Georgia laws and rules, the final set of principles and standards were adopted by the State Board of Education at their December 9, 2021 meeting.

Download this pdf file. Georgia Principles and Standards for Charter School Authorizing

School Performance

See how your state charter school is doing. The Comprehensive Performance Framework tool assesses schools’ academic, financial and organizational performance.

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Who may start a charter school in Georgia?

Existing local schools, private individuals, private organizations, and state and local public entities may organize a charter public school subject to a performance-based contract approved by both the state and local boards of education or by the state board of education alone.

School Announcements

State Charter Schools Academically Outperform in the 2021-2022 School Year

Over three-quarters of state charter schools performed better than the schools that students would otherwise attend in the 2021-22 school year, according to new data released by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) last month.

High-Quality Georgia Charter Schools to Receive Support to Serve More Students

Nine public charter schools to receive aid to open or expand.

Initiative Provides Support for New Charter Schools in Georgia

The Georgia Strategic Charter School Growth Initiative launches to encourage charter school expansion and creation throughout the state.

State Charter Schools Commission Renews Six State Charter Schools

Renewals were granted for six state charter schools following a petition and interview process.