Renewals

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:

  1. The charter school has not provided financially sound audits for the immediately preceding three years.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

 2020 Renewal Schools



LEA Location

LEA Code 

School Name

640 - Nash-Rocky Mount

64A

Rocky Mount Preparatory

320 - Durham

32D

Kestrel Heights School

920 - Wake

92M

PreEminent Charter

650 - New Hanover

65B

Wilmington Prep Academy

360 - Gaston

36C

Mountain Island Charter School

810 - Rutherford

81B

Lake Lure Classical

910 - Vance

91B

Henderson Collegiate

320 - Durham

32R

Excelsior Classical Academy

320 - Durham

32S

KIPP Durham College Prep

350 - Franklin

35B

Youngsville Academy

410 - Guilford

41K

Piedmont Classical High School

440 - Haywood

44A

Shining Rock Classical Academy: CFA

600 - Charlotte-Mecklenburg

61M

Charlotte Lab School

600 - Charlotte-Mecklenburg

61N

Queen City STEM School

600 - Charlotte-Mecklenburg

61P

VERITAS Community School, CFA

700 - Elizabeth City / Pasquotank

70A

Northeast Academy of Aero Tech

740 - Pitt

74C

Winterville Charter Academy

920 - Wake

93J

PAVE Southeast Raleigh Charter School

740 - Pitt

74B

Ignite Innovation Academy

2021 Renewal Schools 



LEA Location

LEA Code 

School Name

010 - Alamance-Burlington

01D

The Hawbridge School

320 - Durham

32M

Global Scholars Academy

130 - Cabarrus

13D

Kannapolis Charter Academy

410 - Guilford

41L

Gate City Charter

450 - Henderson

45B

FernLeaf Community Charter

490 - Iredell-Statesville

49G

Iredell Charter Academy

600 - Charlotte-Mecklenburg

61Q

Mallard Creek STEM

600 - Charlotte-Mecklenburg

61R

Matthews Charter Academy

650 - New Hanover

65G

Girls Leadership Academy

900 - Union

90B

Union Day School

900 - Union

90C

Union Prep at Indian Trail

920 - Wake

93L

Central Wake Charter High School

600 - Charlotte-Mecklenburg

61S

Unity Classical Charter School

650 - New Hanover

65F

Coastal Preparatory Academy

920 - Wake

93M

Peak Charter Academy

920 - Wake

93N

Pine Springs Preparatory Academy

Renewal Process

Consistent with SBE policy CHTR 007, the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) will provide the SBE with a NC Charter Schools Renewal Report (NCCSRR) that is designed to contain all of the information the SBE will need to evaluate the status of your school. The NCCSRR will reference data and reports from various NCDPI divisions: OCS, Financial and Business Services, Accountability, Exceptional Children, Federal Program Monitoring, Child Nutrition, and/or any other division that may have information pertinent to the evaluation of your school. Also part of this report will be information from the charter renewal self-study that your board and school leader will complete. The self-study contains questions related to how you have fulfilled the school's mission, and education program, including the school goals.

The charter renewal fee of $500 is due no later than December 30th of that year.

If you have any questions about the Renewal process, please email Shawnda Cooper.

Renewal Site Visit

As part of your renewal process, Office of Charter School Personnel will be making a site visit to the renewing school, to review the school's progress toward meeting its charter's mission. In these discussions, we may cover any of the following: The current status of the school's educational programs, state testing results, student accountability, exceptional children's services, governance structure, financial plan, and teacher licensure. During the Administration/Board session, it will also be used to discuss any areas of non-compliance. This session will also provide an explanation of the next steps in the renewal process for the school.

In order to get a more complete picture of the school, the Office of Charter Schools will meet with three separate groups. The groups are as follows:

  • Administrative/Board Committee: This needs to be composed of the school's leadership personnel and at least one board member, preferably the board chair. (3-6 individuals)

  • Staff Committee: This should be composed of at least four instructional staff members, who do not have students enrolled in the school. It is preferable that they represent fairly new members to the staff and also some veteran teachers. We would also like representation from content area subjects as well as elective teachers. (4-6 individuals)

  • Parent Committee: This group should be composed of representative parents of current students of the school in terms of grade levels and demographics. Please also include the parents of new students as well as the parents of students who have been with the school for a while. Do not include in this group parents who are also staff members at the school. However, you may include the parent of one graduate, if you choose. (4-8 individuals) 

Timeline

Charter School Renewal process is a two-year process. This timeline will provide you with the process expectations for renewing your charter school.

Renewals: Self-Study

This self-study provides information describing how the school is successfully fulfilling the mission formally approved by the State Board of Education.

Charter School Advisory Board Renewal Rubric

The Charter Schools Advisory Board has adopted the following framework for making renewal recommendations.


Renewal Recommendations 

Renewal Criteria 

10 Year Renewal

• No Current Significant Compliance Issues

• Financially sound audits last 3 years

• Academic outcomes have been comparable to the local school administrative unit the last 3 years or have exceeded growth last 3 years. *

7 Year Renewal

• No Significant Compliance Issues last 2 years

• Financially sound audits last 2 years

• Academic outcomes have been comparable to the local school administrative unit at least 2 of 3 years or have exceeded growth last 2 of 3 years. *

3 Year Renewal

(with stipulations)

• Compliance Issues more than 1 year creating a pattern

• Financially sound audits for at least 1 year of the last three

• Academic outcomes have been comparable to the local school administrative unit at least 1 year of the last 3 years or met growth 2 of 3 years. *

No Renewal **

• Current and persistent pattern of Compliance Issues

• Financially unsound audits last 2 years

• Academic outcomes have been not been comparable to the local school administrative unit in any of the last 2 years and the school has not met growth in the last two years. *

* Comparable is defined as a proficiency score that is no less than 5 points of the LEA's Composite score based on the EOG/EOC courses offered.

*Any renewal of the Charter can be revoked according to SBE Policy CHTR 010

** Pending State Board of Education adoption of bidding process.

Schools receiving a 3 year renewal will only be eligible for a 3 year renewal once.

This is a general guideline that we use to make recommendations. There will be other factors such as persistent patterns, site visits, statutory language, and the performance framework.

Renewals: Assumptions

If a charter school is continually low‑performing, the State Board is authorized to terminate, not renew, or seek applicants to assume the charter through a competitive bid process established by the State Board.

The State Board shall develop rules on the assumption of a charter by a new entity that includes all aspects of the operations of the charter school, including the status of the employees.

The State Board Policy TCS-U-017 details the rules and procedures for the Assumption Process.



Name of School 

Year

Documents

Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy

2017-18

Assumption Proposal Fee Payment Form