Charter Schools - Subchapter D Charters

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 Generation Twenty-Four application cycle is now open.

Applicants should complete the Application Information Session Form (PDF, 147 KB) to register for one of the mandatory information sessions; these sessions will be held on October 5th and October 12th.  The Instructions and Guidelines document (Word, 421 KB) provides the complete timeline and detailed information pertaining to the completion of an application in response to the Generation Twenty-Four Request for Application (RFA).

Applicant Information Sessions

  • TEA will host two applicant information sessions in which potential applicants will be provided details about:
    • applying for, holding, and operating a charter in the state of Texas;
    • the contents of the application document; and
    • the application preparation guidelines and submission requirements for both electronic and hard copy application documents.
    Attendance at one of these information sessions is mandatory for all applicants.

Required Resources and Information

Applicants whose sponsoring entity holds a Texas 501(c)(3) are to complete and submit the Generation Twenty-Four Charter Application (Word, 385 KB) and required attachments (PDF, 1,490 KB).

The following attachment links are applicable to ALL applicants and provide additional necessary information for submitting an application:

Any applicant from outside the state of Texas shall also fill out the Out of State Operator Addendum (Word, 245 KB).

Any applicant proposing to partner with a Charter Management Organization (CMO) shall also complete the Charter Management Organization Addendum (PDF, 508 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 Scoring Rubric (PDF, 298 KB), (Excel, 56 KB) for the Generation Twenty-Four Open-Enrollment Charter application will be used by external evaluators to assess and score the strength of each application.  This document is not to be filled out by applicants.  It is provided to serve as a resource for aligning application material with Agency expectations.

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    More Information

    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.

    You can sign up for updates about the open-enrollment charter application process by email through our GovDelivery link.

    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.