Overview

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.

Petitions

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.
The DeKalb County School District will accept Letters of Intent for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 charter school petition cycles from start-up or renewal petitioners until Friday, January 8, 2021 by 12:00 PM.
Timelines for Charter Petition Cycles (Seeking to Operate in SY22-23)
Letter of Intent Due to DCSD and GADOE Friday, January 8, 2021 by 12:00 PM
Petitioners’ Workshop Thursday, January 14, 2021 (Start-Ups)
Thursday, January 21, 2021 (Renewals)
Petition Due to School Innovation Department Wednesday, February 10, 2021 by 12:00 PM (Start-Ups)
Wednesday, August 11, 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.

FY21 DCSD Charter School Funding

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.

FY21 Department Services Guide

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.

Click here to access the Guide (updated 09.04.20).
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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.

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