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Colorado Charter Schools


In the state of Colorado charter schools are public schools that operate via a contract with an authorizer such as the local school district or, in some cases, the Colorado Charter School Institute.

Our office administers the Colorado Charter School Startup and Implementation grant, which provides technical assistance to charter schools and authorizers, processes waiver requests for the State Board of Education, collects data on charter schools, produces special topic studies and the state evaluation of charter schools, and responds to questions from the general public.See more information on the CCSP Grant here

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2019-2020 CCSP Grant Awards Announced

The 2019 Charter School Program Grant Awards have been announced! See the full list of charter schools that have been awarded funding on our website here for start up grants as well as focused programming. 

BEST Grant Announcements for FY20-21: Charter Schools Interested in Applying for Funding

The BEST Grant provides annual funding in the form of competitive grants for schools with health and facility needs. The grant is available to school districts, charter schools and institute charter schools, BOCES and the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. November 30, 2019 is the deadline for charter schools to notify CDE they are interested in applying. 

The application will be open on January 2, 2020. Schools are encouraged to contact The Division as early as possible, even if they are not certain they will provide. The Division provides assistance and can help guide schools through the process. See the BEST Grant website here for more information. 

FY 19-20 Charter School Capital Construction Funding Eligibility Questionnaire: Due Monday, 12/2/19

All Colorado school districts and CSI are required to complete the CSCC-02 eligibility form (pdf). This form is due Monday, December 2, 2019. Original signatures are required from the school district or CSI and the charter school. Once all forms are received and the pupil count reconciliations are complete, the remaining Charter School Capital Construction funding will be distributed based upon actual pupil counts. Details can be found on the Charter Schools Capital Construction funding web page