Resources for Newly Approved State Charter Schools

The SCSC has created a suite of supports available to newly approved state charter schools. Participation is voluntarily and intended to build capacity of state charter schools before they open, given the strong connection between early success and long-term academic success of charter schools.

SCSC New School Orientation Webinar

In the New School Orientation Webinar, SCSC staff discuss the resources available to newly approved schools in the Planning Year, including SCSC onboarding resources, the pre-opening checklist, and other guidance documents.

Pre-Opening Checklist

The pre-opening checklist outlines timelines for the tasks that should be completed prior to opening a school. Tasks are organized by category and precedence. Priority milestones must be completed by the designated deadline and require documentation submission to the SCSC. Supporting milestones are necessary to ensure a successful first year, however, the timeline for completion is suggested.

Other Helpful Documents:

Download this pdf file. Pre-Opening School Vendor Forms

Pre-Opening Site Visit Checklist

Starting Strong: Best Practices in Starting a Charter School

The SCSC commissioned this study from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University to identify academic and operational practices commonly employed by high performing start-up charter schools and to share these best practices with petitioning groups, existing schools, and other external stakeholders.