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Contact our New School Development team so we can help you get started on the right path. 

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Phases of New School Development

What Phase Am I In? To help guide you to the right targeted content, please refer to the chart to determine which phase of school development you are in. The content indicates different phases of development that it is most relevant to you.

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Planning Process

The League's new school team will meet with founding groups to help structure a planning process, identify planning team capacity needs, and arrange for ongoing support via subsequent follow-up meetings, and phone and email communications throughout your new school planning process. The League provides school planning and implementation templates, best practices, excerpts from successful charter school applications, planning facilitation, and standards for developing high-quality charter school applications.

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Charter Application Reviews

The League strongly encourages new school developers to request reviews of, and feedback on, draft charter school applications prior to submitting them to an authorizer. A team of internal and external reviewers are available, through the League, to evaluate each section of a draft application and provide constructive feedback based on the Quality Standards. Resources are available to support the cost of your review.

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Planning Grants

Thanks to the generous contributions from the generous donors, the Colorado League of Charter Schools offers seven planning grants that are designed for groups that are in the process of developing high-quality charter school models. These grants are designed to assist groups who haven’t been able to access other planning funds to assist with development costs such as hiring consultants, outreach, etc. There are no deadlines associated with these planning grants; grant proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

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Growth, Expansion, and Replication

The League facilitates meetings with school boards and leadership to design a process and timetable for developing a business plan and a growth, expansion, or replication strategy. The League also provides samples of well-developed business plans, a replication readiness checklist, referrals to connect with others who have done this work successfully, assistance with multi-year and multi-site financial forecasting, and feedback on draft plans. 

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Mentor Program

Are you a part of a charter public school founding team in Colorado? Would you like to have a personal mentor who has successfully navigated the process? The League can match you with a mentor who has been involved in the development, launch and continued operations of a successful charter public school! Our mentors are happy to consult with you on an as-needed basis as you work toward the successful launch of your school. Contact League Staff for more information.

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Fiscal Sponsor Services

The League is available to serve as a fiscal sponsor for developing charter school groups that do not yet have their tax-exempt status. There is a 5% administrative oversight fee for this service. To learn more about the Fiscal Sponsor service and to complete an application, please contact League Staff. 

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Charter Renewal Support

Be sure to contact the League when your charter contract comes up for its first renewal (ideally in the spring prior to your renewal year). We offer a variety of renewal support services including: technical assistance and resource sharing to comprehensive performance evaluations, policy reviews, facilitated renewal discussions with your district and in-depth renewal reports and reviews.

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