Information for Applicants

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.

Who cannot start a charter school in Georgia?

The term "charter petitioner" does not include home study programs or schools, sectarian schools, religious schools, private for-profit schools, private educational institutions not established, operated, or governed by the State of Georgia, or existing private schools.

How do I petition the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia to authorize a charter school?

In November 2018, the SCSC will begin its 2019 Petition Review Cycle for potential charter schools opening in the 2020-2021 school year or later. You may find the petition application, timeline, evaluation guide, and other helpful materials by navigating the links on the left side of this page. 

Does the SCSC provide assistance to petitioners? 

The SCSC hosts an annual Petitioner Boot Camp, petitioner webinars and Early Feedback Program. More information is available on the Petitioner Resources page.