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.


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


  • Five Generation Twenty-Two charter school applicants have been offered charters to begin operation in the 2018-2019 school year.  The commissioner of education has authorized:
    •  Bridgeway Preparatory Academy (Dallas)
    •  Etoile Academy Charter School (Houston)
    •  Legacy School of Sport Sciences (Houston)
    •  Valor Public Schools (Austin), and
    •  Yellowstone College Preparatory (Houston).
    Please see our press release for more information.  Congratulations to all five schools!  If you wish to review the applications of these five schools, please visit our Subchapter D & E Applications 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