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 late February 2015, the SCSCwill begin its 2015 Petition Review Cycle for potential charter schools opening in the 2016-2017 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. 

Petitioner Boot Camp Presentations

Presentations from past Petitioner Boot Camps are available on the Training Presentations and Materials page.