What is a charter school?
A charter school is an independently run public school that is granted flexibility in operations in return for higher accountability for performance. Each charter school is bound by its “charter," or contract, which establishes the academic, operational, financial, and school climate and culture expectations as well as the school’s mission, program, and methods of assessment. Charter schools must accept all students, are tuition-free, and are subject to Kentucky Open Records and Open Meetings law. Please view the JCPS charter school explanation video.
JCPS will offer four Application Orientation sessions for potential applicants. Applicants will have the opportunity to learn more about the expectations for application completion and ask questions based on the required elements of the application. JCPS staff will not be able to address specific applications but will provide information as able. These sessions will be held at the VanHoose Education Center, 3332 Newburg Road, in the Stewart Auditorium. Each session will be geared to specific areas of information. Below are the scheduled sessions:
- May 7, 1 p.m.—Finance
- May 21, 1 p.m.—Operations
- June 4, 1 p.m.—Climate and Culture
- TBD, 1 p.m.—Education Program
- 2018 Request for Charter School Application and Application Guide
- Notice of Intent
- Conversion Guidance
- Application Rubric
- Kentucky Charter School Application and Addendum
- JCPS Charter School Addendum
For more information about charter schools in Kentucky, check out the links below:
If you have any questions, or are interested in filing an application for a charter school or a petition for a conversion charter school, please contact:
Director of School Choice