Starting a charter school is a demanding undertaking, but educators, community leaders and others with a vision for improving public education have succeeded in creating great charter schools in Illinois and across the nation. If you have the drive and passion to expand the education options available in your community, we hope you’ll consider charter startup. The time and energy you invest can pay off with incredible dividends for students, families and communities.
If you're thinking of starting a charter school—especially outside of Chicago—INCS can help guide you through the process. The resources listed below are a great place to start, and you can feel free to contact INCS directly to find the right program for you.
Charter Starter delivers ongoing support to propel strong design teams forward in the charter school design and application process. We provide expert knowledge, coaching, resources and connections to help teams plan, gain authorization, and open excellent charter schools. Read more
Paving a New Path provides practical advice for the key phases of planning a charter school, from exploring the idea of charter school development to submitting a high-quality charter school proposal and preparing to open your school. Read more
Learn more about the Illinois charter school design process through Charter Starter webinars. Read more
INCS offers support to authorizers as well as to local community leaders and stakeholders who wish to bring charter schools into their communities. Read more