HOW TO START A CHARTER SCHOOL

For those in the early stages of planning to start a charter school, we have great news!  The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) is here to help you navigate this challenging process.  With the help of Lakeside Leadership Services and several industry experts, we have created a step by step guide that provides key insights on each phase of starting a charter school.  We provide general information about the start process, assistance with developing your vision and building a team, and a checklist of  components to be included in your business plan. We also walk you through the application and approval process and tell you what to expect on opening day! Included along the way are testimonials from several members of the charter school community who have successfully opened a charter school, as well as advice from highly knowledgeable charter school experts.

In Person Training Available!

Each year, PCPCS provides our annual Charter School Fundamentals Seminar: Key Components of Planning and Running a Great Charter School.  During the seminar, you will be introduced to charter school experts who can answer your questions and share additional important information on how to start a charter school. Check back later for the 2020 date!
         

Additional Opportunity for Charter School Start-Ups!

In addition, PCPCS and Lakeside Leadership Services have partnered together to offer charter school start-ups a consulting package that will provide support through the charter application writing process. This consulting package, tailored to the needs of new charter school start-ups, will include the following services:

  • An initial one hour facilitated meeting to guide the founders through the process of determining their school’s academic purpose and focus, identifying curricular and instructional resources, and laying out a detailed plan for the completion of the PA Charter School Application by an agreed upon date. After the meeting a consulting report, which will include the finalized plan, available resources, and suggestions for success, will be provided to the founders.
  • A one hour follow-up meeting halfway through the planning and writing process to check in on the group’s progress, discuss new initiatives, possible revisions, and additional resources. After the meeting a consulting report will be provided to the founders with guidance, advice, and suggestions for success.
  • A review of the founders’ completed charter school application for the purpose of providing feedback on the educational aspects of the application. Feedback and suggestions for improvement will be provided to the founders in writing after the review.

PCPCS and Lakeside Leadership Services are offering this consulting package to all new Pennsylvania charter school start-ups for a reduced, flat fee.

For more information, or to sign up for the service, contact Amanda Lake.