2024 charter application cycle Archives - North Carolina Coalition for Charter Schools

Thirteen charter schools seek to open in 2025 and 2026

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Thirteen North Carolina charter applicants are hoping to open schools in 2025 or 2026. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced the outcome of the 2024 application cycle in a press release on June 27. Two of the 13 charter applicants seek to open in 2025 on an accelerated timeline. The other 11 applicants hope to open in 2026.

See the list of 2024 applications. The application process to open a new charter school in North Carolina is extensive and involves myriad components.

DPI’s press release noted:

Each applicant paid a $1,000 application fee and conducted criminal background checks on all proposed board members. In addition, applicants provided a detailed description of the proposed school’s mission, governance, education, operational, and financial plans … All applications then underwent a mandatory completeness check phase. Each application deemed complete is then assigned to external evaluators before being distributed to the NC Charter Schools Review Board (CSRB) for review.

Members of the Charter Review Board are reviewing applications over the summer, with applicant interviews slated to begin in September.

The 2024 charter applicants hope to open in the following 8 counties:

  • Wake (3 applicants)
  • Mecklenburg (1 applicant)
  • Guilford (1 applicant)
  • Chatham (1 applicant)
  • Forsyth (1 applicant)
  • Union (1 applicant)
  • Iredell (1 applicant)
  • Warren (1 applicant)
  • Statewide (3 applicants for remote schools)

The year ahead for charter schools

When the 2024-25 school year launches next month, 210 charter schools will open their doors to students. During the 2023-24 year, more than 140,000 students attended charter schools, with an additional 85,000+ student names on charter waitlists. Two new charter schools will open for the 2024-25 school year; this past year, state leaders closed two charter schools.

Charter schools are free, public, and open to all. Like district schools, public charter schools receive their funding from state, federal, and local dollars.