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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.

News & Updates

Charter School Capital Construction Reporting due Monday, Oct. 31

The annual CSCC-01 report for the Charter School Capital Construction program is available. All charter schools eligible to receive CSCC funding are required to complete the online form and submit it no later than Monday, Oct. 31. The information provided will be used to establish the distribution in Fiscal Year 2023-24.
Visit the Charter Schools webpage for additional information

Equity Convening: “Equitable Enrollment and Retention - Creating Choice for All” is set for November 9th, 2022

Join CDE Schools of Choice and the Colorado League of Charter Schools for a free, 1-day in-person convening bringing together charter school leaders and authorizers as we explore how Colorado charter schools and national organizations are supporting inclusive student enrollment and retention practices. This event will feature a keynote speaker, presentations, workshops, case study panel, and breakouts designed to build knowledge and provide opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration around implementation of equitable student enrollment and retention practices.

The Fall 2022 Equity Convening will spotlight approaches including:

  • SPED Enrollment Rules and Best Practices
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Unified Enrollment Systems
  • Website and Policy Workshops

Location TBD. Register here today.

Charter School Board Training: On-Demand Resources

During Summer 2022, the CDE Schools of Choice sent a survey to Authorizers regarding the support for charter school boards needed in the field.  In this document you will find themes that emerged and on-demand resources available that address those themes. If you have any questions, please reach out to the SOC Team with any questions,

CDE/CEE Learning Series #3: Developing Your School's Special Education Vision  

Our second session “Charter Schools Leading Change for SwDs” was great! If you missed it, the recording of the presentation and the slides can be found on our series website.  The next session will be held on Wednesday October 12, 2022 from 3.30-4.30pm via Zoom. It is entitled “Developing Your School's Special Education Vision” and you can register here.  To see all other topics and registration in this Learning Series, go to our website.

Academic Growth and Transitional Performance Framework Preliminary Release

Preliminary transitional performance frameworks will be released to districts on Friday, Sept. 2, through Syncplicity and publicly on Thursday, Sept. 8. Growth Data for 2022 was released publicly for CMAS, PSAT/SAT and WIDA ACCESS on Aug. 17. The department continues to provide two sets of growth measures: cohort-referenced, a typical approach to growth that is normed to compare students with their academic peers in 2022, and baseline which provides a measure of growth based on comparison to pre-pandemic student group.  The cohort-referenced approach is being used for 2022 performance framework rating determinations.  For questions related to the performance frameworks, Colorado growth model or related training support, email

Funding Available for Shortage Area Educators – please review as areas have expanded!

The 2022-23 Educator Recruitment and Retention Program application is open. Under this program, qualified applicants may receive up to $10,000 to cover the cost of their educator preparation program. Recipients must commit to serve for three years in an educator shortage area approved by the State Board of Education at its August meeting. To be eligible, applicants must have secured employment as an alternative teacher or temporary educator eligibility educator in a shortage area, be currently employed as a paraprofessional, or have secured a position as a CTE instructor in a rural or small rural district. For more detailed information and to access the application, visit the Educator Recruitment and Retention program webpage.

2023 U.S. Senate Youth Program Application available

The United States Senate Youth Program application for Colorado students is available. The 61st annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week is being planned for March 4–11, in Washington, D.C. Each delegate will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. High school juniors or seniors with demonstrated leadership by serving in elected or appointed positions in which they are actively representing a constituency in organizations related to student government, education, public affairs and community service are eligible to apply. Applications are due on Wednesday, Oct. 12. For more information on eligibility, Colorado’s selection process and application, visit the U.S. Senate Youth Program webpage.

Safe2Tell is hosting two train the trainer sessions in October

Safe2Tell is hosting two training sessions for new Safe2Tell trainers in October.
Perks of becoming a Safe2Tell Trainer:

  • Differentiated curriculum and resources for K-12 on Safe2Tell
  • Curriculum is flexible, ranging from 15 to 60-minute lessons
  • Support network of peers and Safe2Tell staff
  • Train the Trainer certificate
  • Free starter kit of Safe2Tell promotional materials

Register for the in-person training.
8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202

Virtual training option
8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
Register via Zoom