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-Three application cycle is now closed.

Applicants should complete the Application Information Session Form (PDF, 153 KB) to register for one of the mandatory information sessions; these sessions will be held on September 15th and 22nd.  The Instructions and Guidelines (PDF, 471 KB) document provides the complete timeline and detailed information pertaining to the completion of an application in response to the Generation Twenty-Three Request for Application (RFA).

Applicant Information Sessions

  • TEA hosted two applicant information sessions in which potential applicants were 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.

Required Resources and Information

Applicants whose sponsoring entity holds a Texas 501(c)(3) are to complete and submit the Generation Twenty-Three Charter Application (PDF, 2,163 KB) and required attachments (PDF, 453)Please note an error on the application cover sheet.  It requests the CEO of the Sponsoring Entity's signature twice; the second signature should be for the Application Preparer.

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

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, 249 KB) for the Generation Twenty-Three 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.

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 or by phone at (512)463-9575.