Charter Schools

What is a charter school?

A charter school is an independently run public school that is granted flexibility in operations in return for higher accountability for performance. Each charter school is bound by its “charter," or contract, which establishes the academic, operational, financial, and school climate and culture expectations as well as the school’s mission, program, and methods of assessment. Charter schools must accept all students, are tuition-free, and are subject to Kentucky Open Records and Open Meetings law. 


The 2020 Application Cycle for schools seeking to open in school year 2021-22 will open December 2019.




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Notice of Intent


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Performance Framework


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Application Rubric


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Conversion Guidance

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Important Dates

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Financial Information

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Frequently Asked Questions