See below for the main information you will need from the Charter Schools Program.
The mission of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, in partnership with our community, is to educate all students to their maximum potential in a caring, rigorous and safe environment.
The vision of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System is to graduate students with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to become active and successful members of a dynamic learning community.
Charter schools offer teachers, parents and community members the opportunity to create new public schools in response to community needs. In return, these chartered schools agree to be held accountable by their authorizer- the EBRPSS- for student performance outcomes. If the charter school fails to produce the promised student outcomes, the authorizer may intervene in a variety of ways, and, as a last resort, can close the school. Quality charter school authorizing is the linchpin of the charter promise of accountability for results and the creation of quality educational opportunities. While EBRPSS is not responsible for the ultimate success or failure of a charter school, the district impacts that outcome by providing strong oversight and accountability.
Recognizing new and innovative ways of carrying out our mission, EBRPSS has become a charter authorizer. The district engages in pro-active relationships and a value added approach to the schools with which we partner. During the start-up phase of the process, EBRPSS staff works closely with founding groups to ensure a successful opening. Once operational, EBRPSS staff monitors the financial, organizational and academic performance of its schools through frequent communication, regularly scheduled site visits, and data/ document reviews. The district recognizes the great challenges and difficulties in starting a school and provides support in navigating the process while respecting the autonomy and uniqueness of each school.
A copy of the board approved district charter policy may be found here.
Forms and Information Needed for Submission of a Type 1 or Type 3 Charter School Proposal
In compliance with R.S. 17:3982, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is making public through our website, and in printed form upon request, the guidelines for submitting a charter proposal, all forms required for submission of a charter proposal, the timelines established for accepting and reviewing charter proposals, the process that will be used to review charter proposals submitted to the board, and the name and contact information for a primary point of contact for charter proposals.
I. Charter School Application
Applicants should complete the 2020 Common Charter School Application found here.
The common application requires applicants to complete five sets of documents – a charter proposal written in response to the questions posed in the common application, a finances template, an eligibility form, background check forms, and an overview template. Links to the last four sets of documents are embedded within the common charter application.
Local school boards have the option of requiring applicants for Type 3 charter to demonstrate support from stakeholders of the currently operating school proposed for transformation including the following:
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System requires that all Type 3 applicants meet both of the above requirements.
II. Charter School Process Schedule
Applicants should email the five required sets of documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of school in document titles and number each document.
III. Charter Application Review Process
All charter applications will be reviewed by an independent evaluator with educational, organizational, legal, and financial expertise. Applicants will have the opportunity to provide to the evaluator a written response to the independent evaluation of their charter application before the evaluator provides a final recommendation to East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.
IV. Charter School Contact Information
Individuals or organizations with questions about the district’s charter application process should contact:
Andrea O’Konski, Chief of Accountability, Assessment and Evaluation
Posted January 8, 2020