Charter Starter Consulting

Quality Charter Schools Don’t Happen by Accident!

Charter public school creation is complex, demanding work. It requires vision, political savvy, entrepreneurial drive and deep knowledge of education as well as skill in finance, facilities planning, public relations and more.

Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone.

Charter Starter Consultingfrom the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) provides essential support to guide you through the charter school planning and application process.

Choose from Charter Design: Fundamentals or Charter Design: Fast Forward.


Charter Design:

Charter Design:
Fast Forward

Individualized consulting support to ensure readiness to submit charter application  
Online, interactive training modules on key areas of charter school design
Access to successful charter applications, model school policies and charter design tools and resources
Registration and Application



For questions or to learn more contact Ashley Heard at



Over the past five years, our support has resulted in approval of great new schools in Chicago and communities across Illinois. Hear what some of our clients have to say:

“The process of developing a charter school is not an easy one.   Having an organization like INCS to help developers first understand what it takes to be a charter school and then offer advice and guidance along the way is invaluable.  I’m not sure we would have made it without INCS.”

Roberta Parks, Board Secretary
Quest Charter School, Peoria, IL (Opened Fall 2010)

"Whether through their extensive network of charter school partners or their highly experienced staff, the Illinois Network of Charter Schools largely streamlined the extensive process for opening a downstate charter school.”

Josh Slaughterback, Principal
8 Points Charter School, Jacksonville, IL (Opened Fall 2011)

“INCS' Charter Consulting Program has been indispensable to the Orange School's growth. They provided expertise that helped us develop our board, strategize partnerships, network with veterans, apply for grants, and prepare a strong proposal for Chicago Public Schools. They also prevented us from making errors that would have forced us to double or quadruple our work correcting them. Personally, one of the most rewarding things has been their unswerving pragmatism and reassurance in a constantly shifting, perpetually vulnerable environment.” 

Ari Frede, Founder
Orange School, Chicago, IL (Opening Fall 2014)