NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: MARCH 4, 2013


The N.C. Department of Public Instruction received 70 applications from organizations proposing to open a public charter school in August 2014. These applications were received by the March 1 deadline and represent the largest collection of applications ever submitted since the first public charter school opened in North Carolina in 1997. The list of applicants is now available and every application will be available online no later than Friday, March 8.

"As the number of quality charter schools continues to grow in North Carolina, the Department of Public Instruction will continue to work closely with these new public schools to meet students' needs and boost academic achievement," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "We have made great progress over the past several years and our hard work has paid off with the highest graduation rate in the state's history. Public charter schools have contributed to this progress and we look forward to working with a new group of excellent schools in 2014."

Joel Medley, director of the Office of Charter Schools, said this application review is a "multi-layer and multi-faceted process focused on quality."  The first phase is a completeness review performed by the Office of Charter Schools. Any groups that have not submitted an entire application will not advance. Then, the Public Charter School Advisory Council will conduct a quality review, which will include subcommittee deliberations and interviews. This process will take several months and will enable the Council to make recommendations to the State Board of Education to help Board members determine which applicants should be granted preliminary charters for a planning year in 2013-14.

The Office of Charter Schools will provide training this summer for applicants interested in submitting a proposal in future charter school application cycles. The next round of applications, as mandated by the State Board, must utilize the new automated application system. An overview of the expected timeline, including the required Letter of Intent that is due Sept. 6, is available online. (pdf, 463kb)

There are currently 107 public charter schools open in North Carolina serving nearly 50,000 students. Twenty-five additional schools are in the planning phase and will go before the State Board for approval during its meeting on Thursday of this week. For more information, contact the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools at 919.807.3491.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.