Apply Right

Apply Right Group


There’s no way around it. Applying for a charter is hard work. Successful applications are hundreds of pages long and often the product of years of research and development. The good news? You don’t have to do it alone.


If you are looking for more information about starting a charter school in New York City, your first step should be participating in our Charter 101 webinar. During this interactive webinar you’ll learn about the New York State authorizers, application timelines and the components of a successful planning team.
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With industry experts on hand and seminars focused on developing stronger applications, the Apply Right program will help your planning team get your vision off the ground. Our team will provide you with the tools, guidance and resources you’ll need to ensure your charter application is ready for submission to New York State charter authorizers.


Apply Right follows a cohort/workshop model that enables your team to tackle the application’s various components, including academic design and curriculum, data and assessment, budgeting and operations, and general finances. You’ll also receive access to:

  • Nationally recognized trainers and respected charter school leaders from around NYC
  • Inside tours of several of NYC’s highest performing charter schools
  • New York State authorizers
  • High quality exemplars, tools and best practices from successful applicants
"From getting up to speed on the overall application process to wading into the vagaries of charter school budgeting, the Charter Center’s application workshops covered the key areas comprehensively and were immensely helpful to our planning team."

- Suyin So, Executive Director, Central Queens Academy Charter School


Our classes are led by the Charter Center’s New School Development Team and draw upon deep content knowledge from expert consultants and New York City charter leaders.


  1. Plan to submit a charter application by the deadline for opening a school in 2016;
  2. Have at least three team members willing to commit to the program;
  3. Intend to open in one of the New York City’s five boroughs; and,
  4. Show commitment to building a high quality public charter school.


Check back soon for more information.

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Creating a charter school often starts as an exhilarating project, filled with breakthrough curriculum ideas, ways to serve families where there are low-performing schools, and visions of better futures for children through superlative education.


Complete applications from Brilla College Prep Public Charter School, South Bronx Classical Charter School II and Unity Prep Charter School of Brooklyn, three recently approved for charters from the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Complete applications from East Harlem Scholars Academy Charter School II, Middle Village Preparatory Charter School and Williamsburg Ascend Charter School, three recently approved for charters from the State University of New York (SUNY).

The New York State Charter School Office is responsible for coordinating the review of charter school applications and proposed charters. This Office makes recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding the approval or denial of charter school applications and the approval or return of proposed charters.

Charter School 101 is a must-read for anyone wanting to learn the basics about New York City's charter school sector.

Charter School 101 Presentation1.4 MB