The renewal of a charter school to continue operating in NC requires many steps in a two-year process. The process consists of a self-study, OCS school renewal visit, interviews, and Charter School Advisory Board review before recommendations are made to the State Board of Education. This section will provide you with the necessary information that renewing schools may want to consider when renewing their charter.
Per NC General Statute 115C-218.5(d) and 115C-218.6, the State Board of Education (SBE) may grant the initial charter for a period not to exceed 10 years. The State Board of Education shall renew a charter upon the request of the chartering entity for subsequent periods of 10 years, unless one of the following applies:
- The charter school has not provided financially sound audits for the immediately preceding three years.
- The charter school's student academic outcomes for the immediately preceding three years have not been comparable to the academic outcomes of the local school administrative unit in which the charter is located.
- The charter school is not, at the time of the request for renewal of the charter, substantially in compliance with state law, federal law, the school's own bylaws or the provisions set forth in its charter granted by the State Board of Education.
If you intend to seek renewal, you must notify the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) of your request and be prepared to pay the renewal fee of $500, and complete a charter renewal self-study, as described under the renewal process.
Consistent with SBE policy TCS-U-007, the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Office of Charter Schools will provide the State Board of Education (SBE) with an NC Charter Schools Renewal Report (NCCSRR) that is designed to contain all of the information the SBE will need to evaluate the status of charter schools. The NCCSRR will reference data and reports from various NCDPI sections that may have information pertinent to the evaluation of schools.