Charter School Application

Ouachita Parish School Board2018 District Charter School Application Process
for Schools Opening the 2019-2020 School Year or Beyond

 Forms and Information Needed for Submission of a Type 1 or Type 3 Charter School Proposal

In compliance with R.S. 17:3982, the Ouachita Parish School Board is making public through our website, and in printed form upon request, the guidelines for submitting a charter proposal, all forms required for submission of a charter proposal, the timelines established for accepting and reviewing charter proposals, the process that will be used to review charter proposals submitted to the board, and the name and contact information for a primary point of contact for charter proposals.


Ouachita Parish School Board Guidelines and Required Forms and Documentation for Submission of a Type 1 or Type 3 Charter School Proposal:

  1. Charter School Application
  2. Charter School Process Schedule
  3. Charter Application Review Process
  4. Charter School Contact Information

See the requirements for each section below.


 

  1. Charter School Application

    Applicants must follow the instructions below and provide the requested information and documents provided in this sectionbelow in order to submit a complete Type 1 or Type 3* district charter school application:

    1. Notice of Intent to Apply  

      Potential Charter School Applicants must notify the Ouachita Parish School Board by sending on letterhead a signed statement indicating their intent to submit a charter school application.  The letter must clearly provide the name of the person making the notification with contact information, including phone number and email address.  A separate notice must be provided for each potential application that will be submitted and may be made by or on-behalf-of the person or entity who will be submitting the application.  The notice is non-binding on any parties.  The notice must be sent in a PDF document via email to charterschools@opsb.net no later than Friday, February 16, 2018.

    2. Common Charter School Application 

      The common application requires applicants to complete five sets of documents – a charter proposal written in response to the questions posed in the common application, a finances template, an eligibility form, an overview template, and background check forms. Links to the latter four documents are embedded within the common charter school application found here.

    3. Additional Information Required by the School Board (District Requirement)

      The information requested in the links below must be submitted with the Common Charter School Application:

      1. Additional Charter Applicant Eligibility Requirements
      2. Additional Charter Application Questions 

       

    4. Stakeholder Approval for Type 3 Charter Model School Conversion (District Requirement)

      Prior to applying for a Type 3 charter school, which proposes to be a school converted from a preexisting public school to a charter school, the Ouachita Parish School Board requires an applicant to receive a majority approval from the eligible professional faculty and staff of the pre-existing school and the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school.

      Please utilize the Type 3 Model Conversion Process Instructions and voting forms provided in the links below to complete this requirement.

      All staff votes for converting a traditional public school to a public charter school should be transparent and fair with full disclosure of charter school structure to eligible voting staff and should accurately represent the opinion of such staff. The Department of Education has developed the following model process the School Board requires of all groups interested in applying for a Type 3 charter school. The model process respects the fact that every community is different and that local groups should be empowered to customize the process in a way that works for their community, assuming it meets the basic criteria for a fair and open process.

      1. Parent Voting Form 
      2. Model Conversion Process Instructions – Staff Vote 
      3. Professional Staff Voting Form 


    A summary of the final results of each survey and a detailed description of the
    process and timeline by which the surveys were conducted are required to be
    provided with the submission of a Type 3 Charter Application.

     

  2. Charter School Process Schedule

     December 15, 2017 Charter Application Released by BESE
       
    January 12, 2018: School Board publishes charter application information to website, including additional eligibility requirements and additions to the common application.


    February 16, 2018: 

    Notice of Intent to Apply due (Item A in Section I above)
    Letter must be received from applicants no later than 4:00 p.m. CST on Friday, February 16, 2018 by email to 
    charterschools@opsb.net.



    March 2, 2018: Charter School Application(s) due

    The applicant must email all required documents (includes all required information requested in items B, C and D in Section I above) to charterschools@opsb.net by no later than Friday, March 2, 2018.


    June 8, 2018: Deadline for the Ouachita Parish School Board to make decision in an open meeting to Approve or Deny charter applications



     

  3. Charter Application Review Process

    All charter applications will be reviewed by an independent evaluator with educational, organizational, legal, and financial expertise. Applicants will have the opportunity to provide to the evaluator a written response to the independent evaluation of their charter application before the evaluator provides a final recommendation to Ouachita Parish School Board.

  4. Charter School Contact Information

    Mr. Curtis Pate, Director of Elementary Schools/Student Performance and Accountability
    charterschools@opsb.net
    (318) 398-9888

​Posted: January 11, 2018

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