Renewal

In the last year of a school's charter term, the school may apply for charter renewal. The SCSC charter renewal process is data-driven, meaning staff and commissioners consider the performance track record of the school as measured by the SCSC Comprehensive Performance Framework (CPF) and whether the school is fulfilling the SCSC mission of providing students with a better educational opportunity than they would otherwise receive in traditional district schools.

2021 Renewal Process

State charter schools with charter terms expiring on June 30, 2021 must submit a renewal application to the SCSC during the 2020-2021 school year. The SCSC renewal application is a streamlined petition that allows the charter authorizer to evaluate a school’s track record of performance in meeting obligations under its charter contract. The primary component of a state charter school's renewal application is the school's performance track record in academics, finance, and operations as measured by the SCSC CPF. State charter schools up for renewal also participate in a capacity interview. The SCSC CPF document outlines how the SCSC uses school performance results to develop renewal recommendations.

Timeline*

The SCSC is committed to ensuring that its charter renewal process—including but not limited to the evaluation of state charter school performance—is completed in an equitable and timely manner. The SCSC seeks to make renewal/non-renewal decisions as early as possible during the fifth year of a school’s charter contract to allow students, parents, and school personnel as much time as possible to prepare for the following school year. 

Task Timeline
Application Deadline January 11, 2021
Renewal Interviews January 26-28, 2021
Recommendation Letters Mailed to Schools February 1, 2021
Commission Votes on Recommendations February 24, 2021

*This timeline is subject to change.

Questions

All questions regarding the SCSC charter renewal process should be directed to Katie Manthey, SCSC Director of Research and Evaluation.