Charter Schools

  • A charter school is a type of public school. 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

       Save the Date!  5th Annual Charter School Summer Summit: Illuminating Innovation - Looking Beyond Today.  June 27-29, 2018.  The Westin Austin at the Domain.  $125 per person.  Please visit www.txcharternetwork.org for more details.  The Network: Texas Charter School Assistance and Support

    • The Generation Twenty-Three Application period is now closed.  The Division of Charter School Administration is now reviewing all timely submitted applications.
    • The renewal process is initiated by the TEA Charter School Division Program Specialist, Jeff Koch.  If you are a charter school scheduled to be considered for renewal, the program specialist will contact the superintendent and charter school board chair.  Rules outlining the renewal process are written in 19 TAC §100.1021 - Renewal of an Open-Enrollment Charter.  The following schools are scheduled to be considered by the commissioner for renewal in the 2017-2018 school year:
      • BASIS TEXAS
      • Draw Academy
      • Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy
      • Great Hearts Texas
      • International Leadership of Texas
      • KIPP Austin Public Schools
      • KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth
      • KIPP San Antonio
      • Meyerpark Elementary
      • New Frontiers Public Schools, Inc.
      • The Pro Vision Academy
      • Trinity Charter School
      • University of Texas Elementary Charter School
      • Village Tech Schools
       
    • On August 18, 2017, the TEA Office of Legal Services issued a "To the Administrator Addressed" letter regarding admission, enrollment, and withdrawal policies.  Please feel free to review this letter as a resource regarding these topics.
    • Website viewers can now view approved charter amendments and geographic boundaries for each charter on the Subchapter D & E Applications page.

    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