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Editor’s Note: The start-up stage includes the very first tasks required to form a charter school: hiring, launching, and running until 10 – 25% of your target enrollment has been achieved. Without a doubt, this is the most challenging and stressful stage for charter school leaders. If you’re at this stage now and you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. We found this charter school resource and hope that the toolkit we share provides helpful tips for you and your team to develop a strong charter, build culture and community support, and supports your growth.
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Opening & Expanding, Operations & Compliance, Leadership, Facilities
TOOLKITS|THE NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL RESOURCE CENTER|10 APR, 2018
Planning & Designing, Starting a Charter School, Communications, State Reports, Educators, Charter School Family and Community, Recruitment & Retention, Opening & Expanding, Operations & Compliance, Leadership
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The National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) released a new toolkit to help Charter Support Organizations (CSOs) and charter school founders find key resources on opening a new charter school. The number of new charter schools opening each year is down in many states. Founding groups report a variety of challenges that make it more difficult to open new schools, including securing affordable and appropriate facilities and estimating enrollment or recruiting students, among many others.
In response to these challenges, the NCSRC has designed a navigational toolkit that provides a wide array of publicly available New School Design (NSD) resources from across the country. These NSD resources focus primarily on supporting founding groups during the planning and start-up phases of a charter school’s life cycle. Founding groups can use this toolkit to research CSO NSD services, find advice from charter school founders, and explore NSD resources to strengthen their understanding of what it takes to open a new charter school. This toolkit was developed with four main sources of data:
You can download the Excel spreadsheet referenced in the toolkit here.
Since the company’s inception in 2006, Charter School Capital has been committed to the success of charter schools. We help schools access, leverage, and sustain the resources charter schools need to thrive, allowing them to focus on what matters most – educating students. Our depth of experience working with charter school leaders and our knowledge of how to address charter school financial and operational needs have allowed us to provide over $1.8 billion in support of 600 charter schools that have educated over 1,027,000 students across the country. For more information on how we can support your charter school, contact us. We’d love to work with you!Learn More