The 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.
Note: Only petitions from Governing Boards that filed a letter of intent with DCSD by January 5, 2024 and who meet the February 7, 2024 deadline for petition submissions will be reviewed for completeness. No exceptions will be made. Be advised that this timeline is based upon the tentative 2024 meeting schedules of the DBOE and SBOE and is subject to change..
Spring 2024 Charter School Start-Up Petition Timeline
Letter of Intent Due to DeKalb County School District and GADOE by 12:00 PM
January 5, 2024
Start-Up Petitioners’ Workshop
January 26, 2024
Petition Due to School Innovation Department via DropBox by 12:00 PM
February 7, 2024
DCSD Review for Completeness
February 7-9, 2024
Notice of Completeness: Petitioner informed via email of the outcome of the review for completeness. Complete petitions will be evaluated by the review committee.
February 9, 2024
Founding Board Capacity Interview(s): All Founding Board members are required to attend.
February 28- March 1, 2024
Initial Memo: School Innovation Department issues the Initial Memo via email. The Memo includes feedback and instructions on how to submit the final revised petition.
March 8, 2024
Petitioner submits written itemized response to the Initial Memo and the revised petition via DropBox by 12:00 PM
March 22, 2024
DCSD Superintendent recommendation for approval or denial presented and voted upon by DeKalb Board of Education (DBOE).
Letter(s) of Denial Sent to Petitioners (Electronic and U.S.P.S.)
Approved Petitions Submitted to Georgia Department of Education for Review and Recommendation to State Board of Education (SBOE) Charter Committee
DeKalb County School District Charter School Agreement Finalized
All applications should be submitted electronically via DropBox to:
Adrienne Lacey Griffin, Manager III, School Innovation
School Innovation Department
DeKalb County School District
Administrative & Instructional Complex
1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information regarding the charter school petition process, please review the GaDOE’s resources.
Funding for a DeKalb County School District (DCSD) charter school’s instructional and administrative programs will comply with the Georgia Charter Schools Act of 1998, Article 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, and applicable State Board of Education (SBOE) rules. The District shall fund charter schools pursuant to the funding formula provided by O.C.G.A.§ 20- 2-2068.1 and appropriate SBOE rules.
Per DBOE Policy IBB, the District will withhold a 3% management fee from the total state and local funds earned by each of its locally approved charter schools to reimburse the District for administrative services and technical support provided to its charter schools. The Department Services Guide provides a description of in-kind and buy-back services available through the DeKalb County School District for charter schools authorized by the DeKalb Board of Education and the State Board of Education. The Guide is reviewed and published annually. The scope of services and costs contained in the Department Services Guide are subject to change at the sole discretion of the District.