Thinking of Starting a New Charter School?
First, contact the League's New School Development team so they can help you get started on the right path.
- Lori Ventimiglia
Director of New School Development
email | 303-989-5356 x113
- Kathy Zlomke
Program Manager for New School Development
email | 303-989-5356 x104
Second, visit www.startachartercolorado.org for a detailed look at the steps ahead.
Targeted Supports Across Six Quality Outcomes for New Schools
A healthy charter school, at the end of its first year, will have a solid foundation in each of these six quality outcomes. These Outcomes are critical toward the overall health and long-term success of a school and each carries equal importance.
- Qualified and Competent School Leadership: Leader has instilled confidence from teachers, parents, board and students and has effectively begun to implement many components of school proposal.
- Sound Operational Practices: Foundations for strong fiscal management and effective business operations have been established and are being adhered to.
- Functional Governing Board: Board has obtained initial training, is committed to ongoing training, and adheres to state statutes and board policies with fidelity.
- Effective Academics & Instruction: Curriculum is being effectively implemented and instructional staff engages students for optimal learning.
- Robust Performance Management Plan: Data from a Data Management System and Interim Assessments are being used effectively to guide instruction.
- Clear, Mission-Driven School Culture: A strong, mission-driven culture has been established and can be easily observed throughout most aspects of the school.
Targeted Supports in the Developing Year(s) (Building your steering committee, early community outreach, application development):
- Face to face/phone meetings with developer/team to discuss authorizer landscape, statutory requirements, application process, resources, etc.
- Planning timeline documents, model and sample application sections, budget templates and other resources
- Ongoing technical support as needed
- Planning grants designed to significantly contribute to the actual charter application
- Extensive two-stage application review with verbal and written feedback
- Mock interview with verbal and written feedback
- Fiscal sponsor services
- Calendar of critical trainings and events
- Developing groups section in monthly newsletter
Targeted Supports in Year-0 (Post Application Approval through Opening):
- Readiness checklist, purchasing calendars, sample contract language, etc.
- Access to the League’s online charter school job board
- Listing your school on the League website
- Calendar of critical trainings and events
- Brokering connections and collaborations
- Face to face meetings as needed
Onboarding your New Charter School - A League Training for Newly (and Nearly) Approved Schools:
- Establishing Qualified and Capable Leadership
- Implementing Sound Operations
- Foundations for Functional Governance
- Unpacking your Application to Ensure Effective Academics and Instruction and a Robust Performance Management Plan
- Setting a Clear, Mission-Driven Culture
- Meet the League: A League Services Overview and Staff Introduction
This training occurs annually in the fall. Please check with Lori Ventimiglia for details and registration information.
Targeted Supports in Year-1 (Opening Through End of Year):
- Connection point to other League staff/departments
- Document reviews: board agendas and minutes, financial transparency posts, etc.
- Model documents
- Calendar of critical trainings and events: governance, finance, RtI, data teams, UIP, SPF, assessments, etc.
- Critical connections: administrator, board and business manager cohorts, etc.
- Readiness checklist review
Year-One Spring Visit - The Culmination of the League's Targeted New School Supports:
At the end of Year-1, League staff will offer a free visit to your school to conduct a friendly review of critical documents; observe classes and meet with school leadership, teachers, parents, students and board members. Verbal and written feedback will be provided following the visit. For recipients of the CSP grant, this visit will help prepare for the required CSSI visit in the following year. The League’s Year-One Spring Visit was developed to closely align with the CSSI visit which was created to ensure that schools set a course for self-improvement in the early years. The Year-One Spring Visit is a valuable process to undergo whether or not you are a CSP grant recipient.
Click here for more information on New School Development Services.