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On September 29, 2021, the State Charter Schools Commission approved the following timelines for the FY22 Start-up and Replication/Expansion petition cycles.
FY22 Start-Up Petition Cycle
- The FY22 Start-up Application Portal will open November 1, 2021. Start-up charter petitions must be submitted through the online Application Portal to be considered.
- FY22 start-up charter petitions must be submitted at or before 5:00 p.m. April 15, 2022. SCSC staff will schedule interviews with eligible FY22 petitioners beginning the week of June 20-24, 2022. SCSC staff will begin presenting recommendations for FY22 start-up charter petitions to the SCSC during the July 2022 board meeting.
- The FY22 start-up petition cycle will close December 31, 2022. After December 31, 2022, FY22 concurrent petition submissions will not be considered in determining legal compliance for subsequent petition cycles. Approved petitions may be required to open on a deferred timeline depending on the approval date.
FY22 Replication & Expansion Petition Cycle
- The SCSC shall accept replication and expansion petitions on a rolling basis beginning November 1, 2021, through July 15, 2022. Replication and expansion petitions must be submitted using the SCSC Expedited Application. SCSC staff will evaluate, schedule interviews (as appropriate) and present SCSC recommendations for replication and expansion petitions on a rolling basis through December 31, 2022.
- The FY22 replication and expansion petition cycle will close December 31, 2022. After December 31, 2022, FY22 concurrent petition submissions will not be considered in determining legal compliance for subsequent petition cycles. Approved petitions may be required to open on a deferred timeline depending on the approval date.
All FY22 charter applications are subject to the following priorities (approved by the SCSC September 29, 2021):
The State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia (SCSC) will give priority consideration to FY22 charter applications (petitions) that propose charter schools located outside of “high-saturation areas.” Locations subject to priority consideration include but are not limited to Athens-Clarke County; Macon-Bibb County; Albany-Dougherty County; Augusta-Richmond County; and Columbus, Georgia. A high-saturation area shall be defined as a geographic location containing more than one charter school that serves grades K-5 or 6-8 within a three (3)-mile radius.
FY22 charter applications that propose schools located within high-saturation areas shall be subject to additional scrutiny, including an evaluation of the probability that the school can achieve its projected enrollment metrics and remain financially viable, if approved. FY22 charter applications that propose schools located within high saturation areas MUST include:
- Student enrollment data and waitlist information for any existing charter school serving the same grade band(s) within a three-mile radius of the proposed school location; and
- Pre-enrollment forms that demonstrate a high likelihood that, if approved, the school can meet its projected enrollment targets.
If a charter application for a school located in a high saturation area does not demonstrate, through objective evidence, that the proposed school is likely to meet its enrollment projections, representatives may not be granted a capacity interview. FY22 charter applications approved by the SCSC for locations in high-saturation areas will be subject to rigorous enrollment standards during the pre-opening year and may be required to defer opening if pre-opening enrollment criteria are not met.