Subchapter D charters are often referred to as open-enrollment charters. This page covers the application process for a Subchapter D open-enrollment charter.
Subchapter D - Eligible Entities
The types of entities eligible to hold a Texas open-enrollment charter are as follows:
- Institutions of higher education;
- Private or independent institutions of higher education;
- Tax-exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3)'s under the Internal Revenue Code; and
- Governmental entities.
Churches and other faith-based organizations are not eligible to apply for a charter. These applicants will need to establish a separate, nonsectarian 501(c)(3).
Public colleges and universities may also apply for Chapter 12, Subchapter E charters.
Applying for a Subchapter D Charter
The application cycle is now closed.
most recent, yet outdated, Instructions and Guidelines (PDF, 410 KB)
provided as a reference tool only. It is anticipated that the next application cycle
will open in the fall of 2016 and have a scheduled school start date in the Fall of
2018. Once released, the document will provide applicants with the complete
timeline and detailed information pertaining to the completion of an
application in response to the Generation Twenty-Two Request for Application
Applicant Information Sessions
Required Resources and Information
The following materials
are provided as reference and resource ONLY. New forms will be made available
with the release of the Generation Twenty-Two application.
Applicants whose sponsoring entity holds a Texas 501(c)(3)
are to complete and submit the Generation Twenty-One Charter Application (PDF, 2,548 KB) and required attachments (PDF, 731 KB).
Applicants whose sponsoring entity holds a 501(c)(3) not
based in Texas are considered out-of-state applicants and are required to
complete and submit the Generation Twenty-One Charter Application for Out-of-State Operators (PDF, 2,591 KB)
and the required attachments (PDF, 854 KB).
The following attachment links are applicable to ALL
applicants and provide additional necessary information for submitting an
A4 Sample Letter (PDF, 27 KB) and Statement of Impact Form (PDF, 523 KB) (applicants provide to districts and charters in
proposed attendance/geographic boundaries)
E1 Curriculum Scope and Sequence (PDF, 1,291 KB)
F3 Financial Plan Workbook (PDF, 226 KB), (Excel, 459 KB)
- Attachment G4 Biographical Affidavit (PDF, 1,037 KB)
O2 Staffing Chart (PDF, 1,343 KB)
O3 Supplemental Human Resources Information Form (CEO) (PDF, 598 KB)
O3 Supplemental Human Resources Information Form (Other) (PDF, 596 KB)
- Special Assurances Document
Any applicant proposing to partner with a Charter Management
Organization (CMO) shall also complete the Charter Management Organization Addendum (PDF, 533 KB). A CMO is any third-party
entity, whether nonprofit or for-profit, that provides comprehensive education
management services to a school via contract with the school's governing board.
Please note: An application must describe an education program that is unique to the applicant. An applicant that plagiarizes or copies any other application does not meet this standard.
Selected Laws and Rules Applicable to Open-Enrollment Charters
The links below reference some of the laws and rules that apply to charters:
If you have questions, please contact the Division of Charter School Administration by e-mail at CharterSchools@tea.texas.gov or by phone at (512)463-9575.