How to Start a Charter School

For those in the early stages of planning to start a charter school, we have great news! PCPCS is here to help you navigate this challenging process. Please see our free and comprehensive guide below for top-notch assistance!


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We’re Here to Help!

PCPCS has created a step by step guide for 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.

Enroll in our seminar: Charter School Fundamentals: How to Start a Quality Charter School to meet experts in the field who can answer your questions and share additional important information on how to start a charter school.

PCPCS membership

As a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools , you have access to the full benefits of a regional and statewide advocacy network, vendor selection support, legal support, training & professional development and more.