books imageThe Georgia charter schools law provides the means to organize a charter public school subject to an academic or vocational performance-based contract approved by both the state and local boards of education.

A group of people (educators, parents, community leaders, or others) write the charter plan (i.e. charter contract) describing the school’s guiding principles, governance structure, and applicable accountability measures. Specific goals and operating procedures for the charter school are detailed in an agreement (or “charter”) between the school system, state department of education, and charter organizers. The charter contract often exempts the school from agreed upon state and local rules, regulations, policies, and procedures and from certain provisions of Title 20 of Georgia law.


DeKalb High School for Accelerated Learning

The Spence Institute of Leadership and Learning

Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence (Start-Up Renewal)

DeKalb Academy of Technology & Environment (Start-Up Renewal)

Chamblee Conversion Charter High School (Conversion Renewal)

Peachtree Charter Middle School (Conversion Renewal)

Petition Review Process

Timelines for Charter Petition Cycles (Seeking to Operate in SY21-22)
Letter of Intent Due to DCSD and GADOE – Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by 12:00 PM
Petitioners’ Workshop – Friday, January 17, 2020 (Start-Ups)
– Friday, January 24, 2020 (Renewals)
Petition Due to School Innovation Department – Monday, February 10, 2020 by 12:00 PM (Start-Ups)
– Monday, August 17, 2020 or Tuesday, January 19, 2021 by 12:00 PM (Renewals)
Charter School Petition Documents
All applications should be submitted electronically via DropBox to:
Kina M. Champion, Director
School Innovation Department
DeKalb County School District
Administrative & Instructional Complex
1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083
For more information regarding the charter school petition process, please review the GaDOE’s resources.

Start-Up Charter Schools

Conversion Charter Schools

This is an existing public school that has converted from a traditional school to a charter school. These schools are housed in traditional public school facilities.