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Starting a Charter School in Colorado
Thinking about Starting a Charter School in Colorado?

The Colorado League of Charter Schools is your go-to partner for resources, best practices, thought partnership and services as you begin the process of creating a successful charter public school. 


With over 25 years of experience in supporting new school development, the League is a well-respected resource for new charters. Our technical assistance, thought partnership and vast library of resources are mainly free and we provide up to $16,000 in planning grants to help you develop your school.


At the League, we understand that new school developers need experienced support when starting a school. Please contact us so we can connect you to trustworthy, local experts and professionals across all areas of school development. With a 25 year track record of helping to open new, quality charter schools, we are your primary new school development partner!


Contact our New School Development team so we can help you get started on the right path. Then, familiarize yourself with all the resources on this website and be sure to visit the StartaCharterColorado website to learn more about the process involved in starting a school. 


  • Kathy Zlomke
    New School Development Manager
    email | 303-989-5356, ext. 104
  • Jennifer Savino Ph.D, M.Ed.
    New School Development Specialist
    email | 303-989-5356, ext. 104
Phases of New School Development

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


Six Quality Outcomes for New Schools

A new charter school, at the end of its first year, should be able to demonstrate these six quality outcomes. Each quality outcome carries equal importance. A healthy school will have a solid foundation in each of these areas
that are critical toward the overall health and long-term success of a school.

  • Qualified and Competent School Leadership: 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.
  • Efficient Governance: Board has obtained initial training, is committed to ongoing training, understands role and adheres to state statutes and board policies with fidelity.
  • Effective Academics & Instruction: Curriculum in place and effectively implemented by instructional staff to engage students for optimal learning using multiple approaches (MTSS).
  • Robust Performance Management Plan: Data from a Student Information System, Data Management System and Interim Assessments are being used effectively to guide instruction and school culture.
  • Clear, Mission-Driven School Culture: A strong, mission-driven culture has been established and evidence of the culture can be easily observed throughout most aspects of the school.


Stages of School Development 


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Additional Resources


Health and Wellness Resources:
Community Presentation Resources:



Information from CDE Schools of Choice Office:
  • - This is the events page for the Schools of Choice unit at CDE. This site should also be checked frequently as there are always important and relevant workshops and seminars for developing schools that CDE Schools of Choice offers.
  • CDE’s Schools of Choice Office provides a variety of Technical Assistance events for developing, new, and continuing charter schools.  You can learn more about these offerings, see their schedule of events, and register for their trainings at
  • CDE’s Schools of Choice Office puts out a twice-monthly “SOC Update” email and other important announcements through its Charter School ListServ. To sign up visit:


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