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Charter Schools - Subchapter D Charters


Subchapter D charters are often referred to as open-enrollment charters. This page covers the application process for a Subchapter D open-enrollment charter.

Subchapter D - Eligible Entities

The types of entities eligible to hold a Texas open-enrollment charter are as follows:

  • Institutions of higher education;
  • Private or independent institutions of higher education;
  • Tax-exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3)'s under the Internal Revenue Code; and
  • Governmental entities.

Churches and other faith-based organizations are not eligible to apply for a charter. These applicants will need to establish a separate, nonsectarian 501(c)(3).

Public colleges and universities may also apply for Chapter 12, Subchapter E charters.

Applying for a Subchapter D Charter

TEA is not currently accepting applications for Subchapter D charters. The release of the next charter Request for Application (RFA) will be available on this site, and in the Texas Register. You may also choose to sign up to receive an electronic announcement of the RFA’s release.

***The application cycle for Generation 19 is now closed. The Application and Guidelines (PDF, 1,234 KB) remains as reference material only.***

Required Resources and Information

The following links provide information necessary for submitting an application:

  • The mandatory applicant information sessions were February 7, 2014 and March 7, 2014.
    • The due date for the Nineteenth Generation Applications was March 27, 2014. The application cycle is now closed.

    Selected Laws and Rules Applicable to Open-Enrollment Charters

    The links below reference some of the laws and rules that apply to charters:  

    More Information

    The following links provide important information to note when submitting an application:

    • Applicants applying as nonprofit corporations must have tax exempt status established. Applications must include the 501(c)(3) determination letter from the Internal Revenue Status.
      • The process of establishing a nonprofit entity is a lengthy process. The Internal Revenue Service oversees the 501(c)(3) process.  
        • Please note: An application must describe an education program that is unique to the applicant. An application that plagiarizes or copies any other application does not meet this standard.

          If you have questions, please contact the Division of Charter School Administration at (512)463-9575.


          Page last modified on 10/9/2014 11:05:01 AM.