You are here

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.

News & Updates

Attention all prospective Colorado Charter Schools Program (CCSP) applicants! 

In order to be best prepared for the upcoming 2022-2023 grant competition, the CDE Schools of Choice Unit would like to prescreen the applicant pool to learn who is interested in start-up charter school grant prior to the release of the Request for Applications (RFA) this August.  Even if you are still in the planning stages, please complete this linked Application Interest Form by July 31, 2022 if you are interested in applying for the CCSP grant in the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.  Completing and submitting this interest form does not require you to move forward with the application process, but it does help inform the grant team of the potential number of applications they may receive and begin recruiting the appropriate amount of external reviewers.  For more information about the CCSP Grant, please visit the Charter Schools website: and feel free to send questions via email to   

Don’t Miss the CDE/CLCS Equity Convening “Retaining Staff Using People Centric Strategies to Build a Culture of Equity and Belonging,” Thursday, June 16th, 2022

Hosted in collaboration with the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Join us for a one day in-person convening bringing together charter school leaders and authorizers to explore how Colorado charter schools are working to retain their diverse teacher workforce. This event will feature a keynote speaker, panel discussion, and breakouts designed to build knowledge and provide opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration around implementation of teacher retention strategies at the school level as well as authorizer support. Register Here

Communication Toolkit for the Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation Program

Communication Toolkit for the Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation program is available. The Toolkit has resources for districts, community colleges, social media teams, advisors and counselors and pre-service teaching organizations. For More Information, Contact: Erica Ryan Email:

Elevating and diversifying the teaching profession with TEACH Colorado 

Even before the pandemic finding enough teachers to fill open positions was a struggle, but the stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have made the problem even worse. That is where TEACH Colorado – Colorado’s first tech-driven initiative to recruit teachers – has come in handy. READ MORE

Update on Variance Waiver Requirements for School Year 2022-23

For the second year in a row, CDE will provide districts and schools the opportunity to request a Variance Waiver to the posted guidance regarding Blended Learning Courses and Supplemental Online Courses as outlined in the 2021 Student October Count Audit Resource Guide. These sections of the Guide will remain the same for the 2022-23 school year.
Variance Waivers granted during the 2021-22 school year are good for two years; however, schools/districts needing an additional year must still complete a formal request by Wednesday, June 15.
Schools/districts that need a variance waiver for the first time may also submit a request by Monday, Aug., 15.
Information on how to submit the applicable requests can be found on CDE's website

Submit your application for 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year

The application for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year is now available. Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in the state. The selected teacher will also automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. Applications for this honor will be due on Wednesday, June 29.
Visit the Colorado Teacher of the Year webpage for more information on the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year program, the application process and to access the online application form.

School code change request deadline June 30 

Districts/Local education agencies requesting a New School Code, School Name Change, School Grade Change and/or Request for Closing a School are required to submit the application - including the superintendent's/ executive director's signature - on or before Thursday, June 30th, for the 2022-23 school year.
The process for a school code change request is as follows:

  • School Code Review Committee reviews the request, the decision is made to approve or deny
  • Approval/denial letter is emailed to the superintendent/executive director and submitter
  • Changes become active in the Directory in Data Pipeline as of Friday, July 1, for the 2022-23 school year

Failure to submit the request before the June 30th deadline could result in a denial. Visit the Data Pipeline Year-Round Collections-Directory for additional information.

Order free outreach toolkits for summer and school meal sites

School Nutrition is excited to share that outreach toolkits are available for free to all sponsors for all summer and school year meal sites. Fill out this order form to order your summer and/or school toolkits. Toolkits will be shipped this summer. For questions, contact Megan Johnson at or 303-653-6138.

Request for recommendations: Colorado Talent Pool

CDE seeks recommendations for the “Colorado Talent Pool” - a roster of emerging classroom leaders who are distinguished teachers and principals. These educators may be candidates for advisory boards, task forces and special recognition programs. Recommendations will identify educators who are of great value to their community and state and who may also ultimately be considered for prestigious recognition.
A minimum of five years in education is a must. Candidates are building-level personnel. They are typically classroom teachers as opposed to specialists and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth. Occasionally a principal or specialist is considered. Educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition are of special interest. The recommendation deadline is Friday, June 20. For more information and to access the Talent Pool Recommendation Form, visit the Colorado Educator Talent Pool webpage