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Apply Right

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.


With an intense focus 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 is divided into two phases of programming.

Phase 1 - Application Workshop

The Application Workshop follows an intensive model that enables your team to tackle the application’s various components efficiently, including academic design and curriculum, data and assessment, budgeting and operations, and community engagement. Program participants will receive:

  1. Two full days of programming designed and led by former SUNY-CSI authorizer and nationally recognized charter school application consultant, Simeon Stolzberg
  2. Budget-focused presentations led by the award winning Charter School Business Management (CSBM) team
  3. Work plans, resources and templates to inform your school development
  4. High quality exemplars from successful applicants

Upon completion of the workshop the Charter Center team will conduct quality review and readiness assessments to determine whether or not teams will be invited to participate in Phase 2. More information regarding the assessment process will be available at the Application Workshop.

Phase 2 - Application Consulting
High capacity teams completing Phase 1 will be invited to participate in Phase 2. This program offers application consulting and individualized supports to planning teams as they complete the written application and move through the authorizer’s cycle. Qualified teams will have access to:

  • Up to 5 individualized consulting hours with Simeon Stolzberg, including 3 hours specifically for reviewing written drafts of the application
  • Up to 3 individualized consulting hours with CSBM
  • Up to 7 consulting hours with the Charter Center’s specialized teams
  • Opportunities to gather as a peer-based cohort
  • Mock authorizer interview session


To be eligible for the Phase 1 Application Workshop, teams must:

  1. Plan to submit a charter application by the deadline for opening a school in 2020 or 2021;
  2. Have at least two 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.

To be eligible for Phase 2, teams must:

  1. Have already begun drafting your LOI and/or application
  2. Have at least three people on your planning team willing to commit to the program
  3. Submit an LOI to Randall Iserman and participate in an interview with Charter Center program staff


$600 per team – we encourage up to 3 team members to attend.

NEXT SESSION: October 4 & 5, 2019


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