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Georgia's state-level, independent charter school authorizer.
The 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.
The September Newsletter is now available! Read the latest news and updates.
September 2023 Newsletter
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.
Georgia Principles and Standards for Charter School Authorizing
The inaugural strategic plan for the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia
Approved on June 29, 2022.
See how your state charter school is doing. The Comprehensive Performance Framework tool assesses schools’ academic, financial and organizational performance.
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The SCSC board voted to approve the FY24 Start-up and Replication petition cycles' timeline at its September 2023 board meeting.
Application Portal opens October 30, 2023.
Letter of Intent (LOI) due December 11, 2023.
In the last year of a school's charter term, the school may apply for charter renewal. Renewal is based on the school’s performance and whether the school provides better educational opportunities than traditional district schools.
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.