PSD Charter School Information

PSD Charter School Liaison
lhooten@psdschools.org
970-490-3009

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:

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.

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.

Additional Information

District & Authorizer Information -- Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Charter Schools -- Colorado Department of Education
Charter School Institute
Colorado League of Charter Schools