Charter Schools

  • A charter school is a type of public schools. The Texas Legislature authorized the establishment of charter schools in 1995. Some of the first charters have been in operation since Fall 1996.

    There are four types of charters in Texas. They include:

    1. Subchapter B Home-rule School District Charters - There are no home-rule school district charters in Texas.
    2. Subchapter C Campus or Campus Program Charters - Independent school districts authorize and oversee these charters.
    3. Subchapter D  Open-enrollment Charters - Most charters in Texas fall under this category. The commissioner authorizes these charters. Before SB 2 passed in 2013, the State Board of Education (SBOE) was the authorizer.
    4. Subchapter E  University or Junior College Charters - The commissioner authorizes Subchapter E charters. Eligible entities include public colleges and universities.

    Charter schools are subject to fewer state laws than other public schools. The reduced legislation encourages more innovation and allows more flexibility, though state law does require fiscal and academic accountability from charter schools. The state monitors and accredits charter schools just as the state accredits school districts.

    Mission

    Our mission is to cultivate innovative, high-quality learning opportunities and to empower the charter community through leadership, guidance, and support.

    Announcements

    • Five Generation Twenty-Two charter school applicants have been offered charters to begin operation in the 2018-2019 school year, pending action by the State Board of Education.  The five schools are Bridgeway Preparatory Academy (Dallas), Etoile Academy Charter School (Houston), Legacy School of Sports Sciences (Houston), Valor Public Schools (Austin), and Yellowstone College Preparatory (Houston).  Please see our press release for more information.  If you wish to review the applications of our applicants, please visit our Subchapter D & E Applications page
    •  The 2017 Charter School Summer Summit will be held on June 28-30 at the Westin Domain Austin.  The two-day event (11:00 AM 6/28/17 - 12:00 PM 6/30/17) will feature keynote speakers Sir Ken Robinson and Ron Clark, "Dinner and Humor," and more than 40 breakout sessions on standards of Operations, Finance, Education, and Governance delivered by TEA specialists, TCSA, and ESC consultants.  We hope to see you there!  Register now by clicking on the events page.
    • Website viewers can now view approved charter amendments and geographic boundaries for each charter on the Subchapter D & E Applications page.
    • An evaluation of the Texas Adult Education Charter Pilot Program (PDF, 1,111 KB) is now available. Senate Bill (SB) 1141 from the 83rd legislative session provided for the creation of an adult, high-school diploma and industry certification charter pilot program for adults 19-50 years of age. This report details the development, operation, and current outputs of The Excel Center for Adults so far.

    Resources for Parents and Students

    The following links provide information for past, current, and prospective charter school students and their parents:

    Resources for Charter School Personnel

    The links below include information and guidance for current charter school administration and staff:

    Resources for Charter School Applicants

    The following links include charter applications and other information for prospective charter school operators:

    Other Resources

    The links below include more helpful information about charters:



    Division of Charter School Administration
    1701 North Congress Avenue
    Austin, TX 78701
    Phone: (512) 463-9575
    Fax: (512) 463-9732
    Email: CharterSchools@tea.texas.gov