Opening a new public school is not easy but nothing worthwhile ever is! Successful groups break the development
process up into a number of different stages. For a more
detailed outline of the authorization process, please see our step by
step guideline, How to Start a Charter School.
Phase I: Exploration
The first step in the process usually occurs when someone becomes interested in public charter schools and wants to learn more about them. This phase includes exploring your reasons for choosing to start a charter school, gathering basic background information on charter schools, and assembling a school design team and framework
Phase II: Application: Drafting, Presenting, and Getting the Charter Approved
phase includes writing and negotiating the terms of an actual charter
document and applying to the State Board of Education for approval. All
charters must be approved by the State Board of Education. Click on the
following link to view; NH Department of Education application guidelines.
Phase III: Pre-Operations: Getting Ready
This phase follows the approval of the charter application and includes the start-up process to open the school. Below are pointers for navigating this phase.Develop a detailed plan and timeline with the core founding group listing all of the tasks that need to be accomplished before doors open. The plan should identify who will address each issue, when, and how, and how the work will be coordinated.
Phase IV: Operations: Opening the Doors, Troubleshooting, and Making Improvements
This stage includes opening the school to students, establishing the culture of the school, clarifying the school's expectations and beliefs, and beginning to use data on student performance as the primary guide for school planning and policy making.