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MAPSA helps applicant groups build a strong foundation for opening a quality charter school through coaching, technical assistance, networking and more. Quality development of a quality school is critical to your success. Below is an overview of the steps to starting a charter school.
Steps to Start a Charter School
Form Your Vision
In order to form your vision, you must first identify the unmet needs of your community and gain support from community members. After identifying the needs, you can then draft your mission and vision statement along with the educational goals of your desired program.
Develop Your TeamYour team can include your nonprofit board volunteers and vendors. Build the capacity of your team by including individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Grow Your ExpertiseBuild your knowledge through training and research. When gathering your research consider the community needs, student population, and educational programming.
Create a Strategic PlanCrucial to the development of your school is a concise and concrete plan including any management plans for startup funding you ay receive.
Apply to an Authorizer
First you must submit your Phase I application to the authorizer of your choice. If your application meets their requirements you will be invited back for a Phase II interview.
Apply for Funding
Private and federal startup funding is available to eligible nonprofits to start a charter school.
After being awarded private or federal startup funds, continue to build the capacity of your team through technical assistance to prepare for authorization.
Prepare to OpenAfter obtaining the charter from your authorizer, you will finish last-minute details before opening the doors to your school, including recruiting your staff and students and transitioning your nonprofit board into your public school academy (PSA) board.
Open Your SchoolYou are now able to start offering achievement, choice and accountability to families in your community.
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