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

Open a School

Building a beautiful tomorrow
begins with empowering minds

Are you interested in opening a successful charter school with an authorizer that possesses a commitment to excellence and a proven track record?

Why choose us as your authorizer?

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 focused, renewable energy, performing arts, Montessori, dual-language, and many other school models.

Our Schools directly receive 98% of the funds we procure, while the District retains only 2% of allocated funds to cover administrative fees.

Our District promotes the autonomy of our schools in many ways including: finance, leadership and personnel, scheduling, and curriculum and instruction.

Sustained District staff assistance begins with new school interest, through new school openings, and throughout the life of the charter. Our dedicated staff provides continuous support and countless training opportunities for our new and existing schools throughout the year.

The SCPCSD is committed to authorizing high quality, inclusive schools ensuring equal opportunities for ALL students to reach their highest academic potential. We are dedicated to providing access and equity for all students throughout our “Corridor of Opportunity Initiative,” focusing on the authorization of schools along the I-95 Corridor.

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, November 3, 2022.

Download the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) LOI Form (The LOI will be available to download when published by SCDE).

When completing the LOI form, indicate your intent to apply to open a charter school with the South Carolina Public Charter School District as the intended sponsor.

Upload the LOI to the SCDE Formstack portal (when the portal opens). In addition, please upload your LOI to the SCPCSD here.


Attend Our Workshop

Attend SCPCSD's Pre-Applicant Workshop Training in mid November 2022 (date TBD) to provide your committee with the training and tools necessary to assist in writing an exceptional application.


Submit Your Application

Submit the Charter School Application by 5:00 p.m. ET on February 1, 2023, via the SCDE portal. The SCDE application link will be live when it is published.

The SCPCSD also requests that a bound hard copy of the application be submitted to our front office located at:

S.C. Public Charter School District
ATTN: Director of Authorizing
1824 Barnwell Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201.


Application Review

All applications submitted to the SCPCSD will be reviewed by a team of skilled evaluators using the indicators in each section of the SCDE Charter School Application Evaluation Rubric

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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Kristin Farmer
Director of Authorization and Development

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