Planning Year

What is a planning year?

Charter school boards that have their application approved by the State Board of Education are given a planning year in which to prepare for their first school year. The Office of Charter Schools (OCS) provides trainings on important information that is relevant to opening a successful charter school. During the planning year OCS also provides technical assistance and guidance to these charter schools.

2024-2025  Planning Year Professional Development Schedule

Planning Year and RTO Smore Site

Regulatory References

General Statute 115C-218.5

State Board of Education Policy CHTR-013

Planning Year: Planning Sessions

Congratulations on receiving approval to open a new charter school!

Board members from charter schools that are opening in 2023, as well as acceleration applicants,  are required to attend 5 virtual Planning Year Sessions from September to January; three will be in person and two will be virtual.  Schools in a delay year whose board members have attended all Planning Year sessions in a prior year (the majority of the BOD) are not required to attend this year, but are welcome to. If you are unsure of your BOD's attendance, please confirm with Dr. Natasha Norins, Ed. D. as to whether they must attend. New BOD members must attend. The school leader and some of the board members are also required to attend the New Charter School Leaders Institute in June 2023.  If you have a new school leader and/or a new board member interested in attending any of the sessions, he or she must register to attend.  


Your commitment to the school's educational vision, making decisions in an objective manner, and the work you do to ensure a positive educational experience for students will directly influence children's futures and the future of our society. Attendance at the planning year sessions will help you reflect upon and implement all of the work necessary to meet this great responsibility.

Governance Strengthening Exercises