Charter Schools

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In the state of Texas charter schools are public schools that operate via contracts with an authorizer such as local school district authorizers or the state authorizing office. The Texas Charter School Authorizing and Administration Division oversees the state's charter portfolio.

Vision and Mission

Our vision is to cultivate innovative, high-quality learning opportunities for Texas students.  We are driven to empower the charter community through leadership, guidance, and support.

News and Events

NewFive Generation Twenty-Five Charters Awarded

The State Board of Education endorsed recommendations by the commissioner of education to authorize five (5) new charter school operators.  Subject to clearing contractual contingencies, the following applicants will open new charter schools in the 2021-2022 school year: 

  • Brillante Academy (McAllen); 
  • Doral Academy of Texas (Buda); 
  • Learn4Life-Austin (Austin); 
  • Prelude Preparatory Charter School (San Antonio); and
  • Royal Public Schools (San Antonio). 

If you wish to review the applications, please visit our Portfolio page.

UpdateCharter Student Admission Application Available

The Charter Student Admission Application (CSAA) is now available on our Resources page.  All charter schools must use this form starting August 1st, 2020.  Please review the form and the associated FAQ.

UpdateCOVID-19 Guidance for Charter Schools

The TEA has sent guidance specific to charter schools (PDF, 73 KB) to supplement existing information on COVID-19.  This guidance covers topics such as waivers for missed days, establishment of remote learning opportunities, suspension of operations, and funding.  Additional guidance may also be found on the TEA's COVID-19 support and guidance page.


UpdateCharter Locator Map

Our map page provides a link to the current application.  Please update any bookmarks you have for the map page.

UpdatePortfolio Page Reminder

Website viewers can now view approved charter amendments and geographic boundaries for each charter on the Portfolio page.


Important Links


Contact Information

Charter School Authorizing and Administration Division
Phone (512) 463-9575 

If you have questions about amendments and charter revisions, email the Charter Amendments inbox.

If you have questions about the application process, email the Charter Application inbox.  

If you are a charter school that needs assistance with AskTED, email the Charter AskTED inbox.