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
Generation Twenty-One application cycle is now open. The Instructions and Guidelines (PDF, 410 KB) document will provide applicants with the complete timeline
and detailed information pertaining to the completion of an application in
response to this application request. Application submission deadline is Monday,
November 2, 2015 by 5:00 P.M. (CST).
Applicant Information Sessions
- TEA will host applicant information sessions which
will provide details about:
- applying for, holding, and operating a charter in the state of
- the contents of the application documents, and
- the application preparation
guidelines and submission requirements for both electronic and hard copy
- Applicant information sessions will be held in
room 1-111, on the first floor of the William B. Travis Building, located
at 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78701. Each identical
session is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 1:00 p.m.
Please arrive early to allow time for check-in. Parking information (PDF, 61KB).
- At least one member of the governing board of the
sponsoring entity requesting the charter must attend one of the
sessions. It is recommended that the person(s) with primary responsibility for
preparing and submitting the application also attend one of these required
September 16, 2015, OR
September 22, 2015
Applicants should register in advance by completing and submitting the Applicant Information Session Registration Form (PDF, 502 KB) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 409 KB), (Excel, 498 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)
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.
The following links provide important information to note when submitting an application:
- Applications deemed to be complete will advance to the external review phase of the review process. Each application will be evaluated by five independent reviewers, each using the Charter Application Evaluation Overview and Criteria document (PDF, 286 KB).
- Applicants whose application qualifies for external review but does not contain a 501(c)(3) determination letter issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must provide the determination letter from the IRS on or before April 15, 2016, in order to be eligible for an interview.
- The process of establishing a nonprofit entity is a lengthy process. The IRS oversees the 501(c)(3) process.
- 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.