New Charter Schools

Apply to Open a Charter School

This page provides information on requirements to submit a public charter school proposal to the North Carolina  Charter Schools Review Board.

2023 NC Charter Press Release 5/10/2023; 16 Charter Schools Seek Approval to Open in either 2024 or 2025

COMING SOON: 2024 NC Charter Applications

The 2024 NC Charter School Application process will open on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 5 pm (EST). The 2024 charter application window will close on April 26, 2024, at 5pm (EDT). Applicants who are interested in opening a charter school in 2025 under the accelerated timeline, or in 2026 under the standard timeline, must submit their charter applications on or before the April 26, 2024, application close date.

Both the online application and $1,000 application fee must be submitted on or before April 26, 2024, at 5pm EDT. Applicants are expected to appear in-person for interviews at the Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh, NC.

The link to the 2024 NC Charter School application will go live on Friday, January 26th at 5pm and will be posted on the NCDPI Charter Schools Application page found here

NOTE: This application is not to enroll your child into an individual charter school. If you are seeking enrollment at a charter school, please refer to the schools webpage for a list of contact information for all charter schools in North Carolina.

Applying to open and operate a public charter school is a multiple step process.

2022 NC Charter Press Release 5/24/2022

Application Resources

Post-Approval Resources