Aurora Public Schools New Charter School Application

The Board of Education shall support efforts by parents, teachers or other persons or organizations interested in establishing charter schools within the district. In accordance with state law, charter schools are intended to:

1. Expand learning opportunities for all students

2. Encourage diverse approaches to learning using different, proven or innovative teaching methods

3. Provide parents and students with expanded choices in the type of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system

4. Encourage parental and community involvement with public schools.

Ref:       Senate Bill 12-061                        Ref:              District policy LBD

As of 2018, all charter school applications must be submitted through Charter.Tools, an online platform now used by APS for receiving and reviewing charter school applications. Applicants must access the website, create an account, and may begin working on their application up until the due date when it must be submitted. In addition to the submission on Charter.Tools, TWO hard copies of the application must be submitted, along with a PDF copy of the application and all attachments on a jump drive. The two required hard copies of the application should be printed double-sided, be collated in notebooks, and sections should be separated by identifying tabs.

Charter School Application Timeline


February 13, 2022

Charter School Applicant submits letter of intent to apply 30 days prior to the application due date.  APS Intent to Apply Form.

March 15, 2022

All applications will be formally accepted only on March 15, 2022.  Application may be submitted to the district during the week prior to March 15, but will not be formally accepted until March 15.   

After submission


The district shall determine whether the application is complete within 15 days of the application deadline.  If the application is not complete, the district shall notify the charter school within the 15 day period.  90 day clock starts when the application has been determined to be complete by APS.

The charter school applicant has 15 days from date of notification to provide the information required by the district.

April 2022

Applicants present at DAAC meeting. Specific times/additional details will be provided.

April 2022

Applicant to present to IART/CSAC followed by applicant interview.


Within 48 hours of interview, the Office of Autonomous Schools provides applicant with any follow-up questions that were not asked during the interview.


Applicant has one week to respond to written questions from interview.

May 17, 2022


Applicant presents to APS Board of Education.  Application decision components are presented by APS staff to APS Board.

Within 90 days after receiving completed application BOE rules by resolution on the charter application for a charter school in a public hearing.

90 days after BOE approves the charter application

(August 15, 2022)

All negotiations between the charter school and local board of education on the contract shall be conducted by, and all terms of the contract agreed upon, no later than the 90 days after the local board rules by resolution on the application for the charter school.

*No Later Than

DAAC - District Accountability Advisory Committee

IART - Internal Applicant Review Team

CSAC - Charter School Advisory Committee

Paige Jovanovic, APS Charter School Coordinator,


Aurora Public Schools Charter School Renewal Application

The renewal process provides an opportunity for schools to (1) present any new or supplemental evidence of school performance and (2) articulate school plans and capacities for the next charter term. The charter renewal recommendation to the Board will be based on an array of evidence gathered over the charter term, including data and information collected by Aurora Public Schools (APS), the Colorado Department of Education and supplemental information that the applicant group provides.

The renewal process begins in August when the charter school declares its intent to apply for renewal. The charter school submits its Renewal Application to the APS Office of Autonomous Schools (OAS). The application, along with the school’s most recent Annual Performance Report is then reviewed by three separate committees organized by OAS. These committees include the Internal Application Review Team (IART), the APS Charter School Advisory Committee (CSAC) and the District Accountability Advisory Committee (DAAC). As a part of the review, an interview may be warranted between these committees and the applicant team.  The Office of Autonomous Schools finalizes the recommendation to the Superintendent by compiling reviewer feedback, evaluating responses and rationales for specific rating components, and providing the applicant team with a final evaluation report.

APS 2021-2022 Charter School Renewal Application

Aug. 1

Charter school submits letter of intent via Charter.Tools benchmark to apply for charter renewal to Office of Autonomous Schools.

Aug. 1

Renewal application made available for school access on Charter.Tools

Oct. 1

Renewal Application due in Charter.Tools.

Oct. 5 - Oct. 30

District conducts any actions required to analyze and evaluate the school’s response to performance framework and request for renewal.

Oct. 19 - Oct. 30

Interview Prep - APS

Oct. 26 - Nov. 3

9:00am-12:00pm at PLCC: Renewal Applicant Presentation and Interview (specific

dates and times TBD for individual schools)

January 18

Information item to BOE on recommendations for renewal presented by the OAS. Applicants may have an opportunity to present during this meeting as well.

BOE rules on the charter renewal unless an extension is agreed upon by both parties.

If approved, 90 days after BOE approves the renewal contract. 

Contract must be prepared and executed by both parties.

Charter School Modification Application

During the term of its charter, a charter school may determine that it is necessary or desirable to seek an amendment of its current approved charter.  The District must approve any proposed change to the provisions of a charter before the change can be implemented. While some proposed changes to a charter may be deemed non-material and, therefore, can be handled administratively by the OAS, any amendment that would constitute a “material modification” of the charter must be approved by the governing board of the charter school and the APS Board of Education. An overview of the Modification process for charter schools in APS can be reviewed in the APS Charter Modification Process document.

Examples of material modifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Expanding grade levels
  • Expanding number of students served
  • Changing the mission/vision of the school
  • Changing curriculum

Charter School Improvement Plan

The Charter School Improvement Plan (SIP) aims to help charter schools on the clock to develop plans to improve the academic achievement and growth of their students.  This is only applicable for charter schools with PRIORITY IMPROVEMENT or TURNAROUND ratings per CDE.