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.