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.


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


  • The 2017-2018 Annual Governance Reporting Form is now available in the Charter School Tracking System in TEAL.  All charters are required to submit their governance information by Friday, December 1, 2017.  Please visit our Governance page for further information on this process.
  • The Generation Twenty-Three Application for Open-Enrollment Charters is now open to all eligible applicants.  More information can be found on our Subchapter D and Subchapter E application pages.  All prospective applicants must have attended one of the Application Information Sessions.  Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Monday, December 4, 2017.
  • The renewal process is initiated by the TEA Charter School Division Program Specialists, Nina Gonzalez and Drue Ann Wise.  If you are a charter school scheduled to be considered for renewal, the program specialists 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:
    • Draw Academy
    • Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy
    • Great Hearts Texas
    • International Leadership of Texas
    • KIPP Austin Public Schools
    • KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth
    • Meyerpark Elementary
    • New Frontiers Charter School
    • 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