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.
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
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)
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.
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.
Click here to access the Guide (updated 02.12.21). .