Charter School Application Process

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Montgomery County Public Schools’ Charter Application website is intended to provide important information, dates and resources for those interested in submitting a charter school application for consideration.

Applications will be accepted during spring 2016 for charter schools seeking to open in school year 2017 - 2018.

Application Form

This application for schools that wanted to open in the 2016–2017 school year is for reference only. The application for schools that wish to open in the 2017–2018 school year will be posted in the fall.

Note: Charter School Expenditure Budget must be filled out using this spreadsheet

Application Timeline

Sample Facility Documents

Application Evaluation

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Stephanie P. Williams, director
Montgomery County Public Schools
Office of Shared Accountability
Department of Policy, Records and Reporting
850 Hungerford Drive, Room 11
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Phone: 301-279-3530

Email: charterschools@mcpsmd.org 

Policy CFB: Public Charter Schools (PDF)
Sets forth guidance for the application, evaluation, approval, implementation, and ongoing monitoring process for public charter schools.

Regulation CFB-RA: Public Charter Schools (PDF)
Establishes criteria for the evaluation of proposals for public charter schools, the principles guiding the negotiation and contracting process, and assignment of responsibility for oversight of approved public charter schools.

Policy BBB: Ethics

Promotes the highest level of ethical conduct on the part of all persons associated with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), to ensure the highest public confidence in the impartiality and independent judgment of Board of Education (Board) members and school employees, and to provide guidance for MCPS personnel concerning ethics related matters.

Policy GCARA: Employee Conflict of Interest

describes areas, in addition to those addressed in Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) Policy BBB, Ethics, that constitute a conflict of interest; to advise employees on how to avoid such situations; and to specify the action taken if the regulation is violated.

All MCPS Policies
View all MCPS policies and regulations

  • Maryland Public Charter Schools website
  • An overview of the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
  • The Five-Step Process for Accommodations for Students with Disabilities from The Maryland Accommodations Manual Selecting, Administering, and Evaluating the Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment and provides an overview of a five step process for implementing accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • An overview of the Maryland State Department of Education Guidelines for Identification and Services for English Language Learners.

  • Information for contractors to MCPS concerning Criminal Background Checks

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     Budget Resources

    The following resources were applicable for charter schools that wished to open for the 2016-2017 school year; that application date has passed. These materials may be used for approximate guidelines. New resources will be posted for future applicants in the fall of 2015.

  • FY 2017 Budget Guide 
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