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Charter School Process

A charter school is a publicly funded school operated by a group of parents, teachers and/or community members.

The district's charter schools operate under a contract or "charter" between the charter school Board of Directors and the Jefferson County Board of Education. The local charter school Board ensures student success through oversight of the school's educational program, financial planning and day to day matters. The district provides support services for these Jeffco students while focusing on end results in student learning, fiscal matter and accountability requirements.

Jeffco Public Schools believes that charter schools strengthen our goal to provide great educational choices for Jeffco families.

View a list of current charter schools

Application Process

Any group of parents, teachers and/or community members may develop a charter application. A minimum size is not defined in the charter school law. The school must be nonsectarian and non-home-based. Applications may not be submitted to convert an existing private school or non-public home-based educational program into a charter school.

Starting February 2016, the Charter Application Window for Jefferson County has changed. The primary charter application window is between February 1 and March 15. Applications for new charter schools must be submitted to the district's charter schools liaison or designee by 4:30 p.m. on March 15, approximately 18 months prior to when the charter school anticipates opening. If March 15 is on a weekend or non-workday, the application is due the first workday following March 15. Applications not submitted by this deadline will not be considered. For this application window, Letters of Intent to apply are due by 4:30 p.m. on February 1.

A second charter application window is being offered by “Mutual Consent" between July 1 and August 15. Applications for new charter schools must be submitted to the district's charter schools liaison or designee by 4:30 p.m. on August 15, approximately 12 months prior to whenthe charter school anticipates opening. If August 15 is on a weekend or non-workday, the application is due the first workday following August 15. Applications not submitted by this deadline will not be considered. For this application window, Letters of Intent to apply are due by 4:30 p.m. on July 1. 

The Colorado Department of Education's website has additional information about the application process.

District Policy LBD regarding charter schools can be reviewed here.


Pending Applications 2017-18

Jefferson County Public Schools did not receive any Letters of Intent to apply for charter applications during the fall or winter application windows.


Charter School Renewal Applications

The Colorado Charter School Act stipulates that charter school operate under a contract agreed to by the authorizer's Board of Education (Jeffco) and each school's individual Board of Directors. Charter schools apply for a renewal of their contract on or before December 1st of the year in which their contract expires.

The Jeffco Board of Education accepts renewal applications for study in the December BOE meeting and vote on the renewal application in the February BOE meeting pending a mutual agreement to extend the vote until after the statutory February 1st date.

The following Jeffco charter school renewal applications were approved by the Board of Education on February 1st for 5 year terms.  (Click on the link to see the renewal documents submitted for each school.)

Charter School Office

The district's Charter School Office acts as a liaison between approved charter schools and the school district. It assists charter schools with their interactions with the district, manages the negotiation of contracts and renewals of contracts, the delivery of purchased services to charter schools and the collection of required data and reports from the charter schools. The office also manages the new charter application process and provides the Board of Education with the information needed to make decisions relative to new applications.


Contact

The Charter School Office can be reached at 303-982-6730.

Tim Matlick - Achievement Director, Charter Schools, 303.982.6610

Cindy Barnett – Administrative Assistant, South/Mountain Area Charter Schools, 303.982.6939

Helen Poland – Administrative Assistant, Central Area Charter Schools, 303.982.6805

Barb Rullo – Administrative Assistant, North Area Charter Schools, 303.982.6611
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