PSD Charter School Liaison
What is a charter school?
A charter school is described by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) as...a public school operated by a group of parents, teachers and/or community members as a semi-autonomous school of choice authorized by a school district or the Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI).
A charter school operates under a charter (a contract) between the charter school and its authorizer, either a local school district or the Colorado Charter School Institute. For more information on Colorado Charter Schools visit the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Colorado Charter Schools Web site.
PSD Authorized Charter Schools:
- Fort Collins Montessori School
- Liberty Common (Elementary & Secondary)
- Mountain Sage Community School
- Ridgeview Classical School
Charter School Application Information
The PSD Charter Application Review Handbook provides guidance for applicants in the preparation and drafting of charter school applications and provides standards for the Poudre School District R-1 (PSD) Board of Education and administration to use in evaluating charter school applications.
An applicant's compliance with the guidance and adherence to the standards in this handbook will not guarantee approval of the charter school application; under the Colorado Constitution such approval rests in the sole discretion of the PSD Board of Education.
Poudre School District Policy
PSD's policy regarding charter schools: LBD--Charter Schools Policy.
The deadline for filing charter school applications in Poudre School District shall be August 15 of the year prior to the proposed opening date.
A Letter of Intent to Apply must be submitted to the Board of Education no later than 30 calendar days prior to submission of the charter application. The Letter of Intent to Apply should include the date in which the charter intends to submit their application and a brief summary of the intended charter.
Colorado Revised Statutes
The PSD Charter Application Review Handbook and other charter documents refer to Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.). Refer specifically to Title 22 Article 30.5 (Charter Schools) which includes the Charter School Act for statutory requirements.