New York State Charter School information by: City, Authorizer, Geographic district, DBN code (NYC only), BEDS code, Network affiliation, Borough (NYC only), Neighborhood (NYC only), Opening Year, Grades Served.
The Charter Center’s Director of NYC Special Education Collaborative and Inclusive Education Initiatives, Melissa Katz, has laid out best practices to ensure the accuracy of new students’ Home Language Identification Surveys (HLIS). These HLIS are extremely important, as they will help schools determine who qualifies for ELL testing and services.
These documents provide guidance for administrators and teachers as they complete the Institutional Master File (IMF) and Personnel Master File (PMF) as part of the annual BEDS survey.
In use by over 75% of the charter sector, the Common Online Application is one more way for schools to reach the widest audience of eligible families. The application is linked to the DOE Enrollment Office page and supported by an extensive student recruitment campaign throughout the spring. These resources will help administrators and families easily navigate and manage the Common Online Application.
The Charter Center’s resources are compiled from NYSED and our experience assisting teachers to navigate the certification process. Schools participating in our Teacher Certification Program will also find additional resources through the HR community of practice.
Please note: The Charter Center’s resource guide “Applicants from Other States Seeking NYS Classroom Teaching Certificates” reflects recent updates in exams and exam requirements for eligible interstate candidates.
For additional detailed information for both teachers and school administrators with out-of-state credentials, visit the NYSED’s TEACH website
Parents have the right to apply for exemption from immunization requirements for medical reasons or based on religious beliefs. Charter schools need to follow clear protocols to ensure parents’ rights, even as they safeguard the school population. Medical exemptions must be approved by the NYCDOE Department of Health and Immunizations. Religious exemptions are approved at the school or network level; they do not require DOE approval.
Whether you are a new school or just new in your role, you need to navigate many New York City and New York State systems. We have collected some of the most valuable basic guides and resources here: