New APS 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

The Spring 2019 APS Charter School Application will be coming soon.

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.Tools Platform (Current Charter School Operators and Applicants ONLY)

APS Charter School Intent to Apply

Charter School Application Timeline

NTL* February 7, 2019

Charter School Applicant submits letter of intent to apply 30 days prior to the application due date.  APS Intent to Apply Form.
March 8, 2019 All applications will be formally accepted only on March 8, 2019.  Application may be submitted to the district during the week prior to March 8th, but they will be formally accepted only on March 8th.  
March 22, 2019 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 (no later than March 22nd).

NTL* April 8, 2019

The charter school applicant has 15 days from date of notification to provide the information required by the district.
April 15, 2019 Applicants present at DAAC meeting.
May - Date TBD Applicant to present to IART/CSAC followed by applicant interview.
May - Date TBD Within 48 hours of interview, the Office of Autonomous Schools provides applicant with any follow-up questions that were not asked during the interview.
May - Date TBD Applicant has one week to respond to written questions from interview.
June 4, 2019 Applicant presents to APS Board of Education.  Recommendation is provided from IART/CSAC/DAAC to Board.
June 18, 2019 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

(September 16, 2019)

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

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. No later than October 5, 2018, 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.

Charter School Renewal Application Timeline

August 1, 2018 Charter school submits letter of intent to apply for charter renewal.
August 24, 2018 Renewal application made available for school access on Charter.Tools.
October 5, 2018 Renewal Application due in Charter.Tools.
October 8-26, 2018 District conducts any actions required to analyze and evaluate the school’s response to performance framework and request for renewal.
October 29-November 2, 2018 Aurora Public Schools Interview Preparation
November 7, 2018 Renewal Applicant Interview
December 4, 2018 - Meeting Information items submitted to Board of Education on recommendations for renewal.
December 18, 2018 Board of Education rules on the charter renewal unless an extension is agreed upon 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
  • RELOCATION

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.