1824 Barnwell Street
Columbia, S.C. 29201
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Phone: 803-734-8322
Fax: 803-734-8325
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Friday: 7:30am-4:00pm

Open a School

Building a beautiful tomorrow
begins with empowering minds

Why choose us as your authorizer?

Proven Success

Our tuition-free public schools serve more than 17,500+ students in 38 schools across South Carolina. School models include STEAM, dual-credit, inquiry-based, dyslexia, renewable energy, performing arts, Montessori, dual-language, and many others.


98% of the funds we receive go directly to our schools, with the District retaining only 2% of allocated funds to cover our administrative fees.


We promote the autonomy of its schools in the inputs-based endeavors of chartering; curriculum, leadership & support.


Sustained SCPCSD staff assistance beginning with new school interest through new school opening and throughout the life of the charter. Dedication to providing continued support & training opportunities for all schools

Access & Equity

SCPCSD commitment to authorize high-quality, inclusive schools ensuring an equal opportunity for ALL students to achieve their highest academic potential. Commitment to the “Corridor of Opportunity Initiative,” focusing on the authorization of schools along the I-95 Corridor, providing access & equity for

Steps to opening a charter school with us:


Submit Your Letter of Intent

Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the upcoming cycle by the required due date.

Download the LOI linked below (as a Word Doc). On your LOI, indicate your intent to apply to open a charter school with the South Carolina Public Charter School District as your intended sponsor. Email a copy of your completed LOI to Catherine Watt, cwatt@sccharter.org. Upload your LOI to the SCDE Formstack Portal (which will be linked below when published by the SCDE).


Attend Our Workshop

Attend SCPCSD's Pre-Applicant Workshop to provide your committee with the training and tools necessary to assist you in writing an exceptional application.


Submit Your Application

Submit the Charter School Application linked below by 5:00 p.m. ET on February 1 via the SCDE portal and reviewed by the South Carolina Public Charter School District. The SCPCSD also requests a hard copy of the application is submitted to our office. Applications will be linked below once it is available from the SCDE. In the meantime, last year's application is linked below as an example.


Application Review

All applications submitted to the SCPCSD will be reviewed by a team of skilled evaluators. The SCDE Charter School Application Evaluation Rubric is linked below. The SCPCSD Board of Trustees will conduct a public hearing within 90 days of the application due date to determine whether the charter committee will be granted a charter.

Need more information?

For additional information about opening a new charter school with the South Carolina Public Charter School District, contact our Authorizing and Development Team.

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Catherine Watt

Chief of Authorizing & Development

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Kristin Farmer

Authorizing and Development Coordinator