A charter school is a type of public school.
The Texas Legislature authorized the establishment of charter schools in 1995.
Some of the first charters have been in operation since the fall of 1996.
There are four types of charters in Texas. They include:
- Subchapter B Home-Rule Charters - There are no home-rule charters in
- Subchapter C Campus or District Charters - Independent school
districts authorize and oversee these charters.
- Subchapter D or
Open-Enrollment Charters - Most charters in Texas fall in this category. The
commissioner authorizes these charters. Before the legislative session in 2013,
the State Board of Education (SBOE) was the authorizer.
- Subchapter E
University Charters - The commissioner authorizes Subchapter E charters.
Eligible entities include public colleges and universities.
Charter schools are subject to fewer state laws than other public schools.
The reduced legislation encourages more innovation and flexibility. State law
does require fiscal and academic accountability from charter schools. The state
monitors and accredits charter schools the same as school districts.
Important information and upcoming events include:
- Save the Date - The next Summer Summit is scheduled for June 30 - July 1, 2015.
- Congratulations to the new Generation 19 charters:
- High Point Academy (Fort Worth)
- Ki Charter
Academy (San Marcos)
- The Excel Center (Austin)
Environmental Academy (Dallas)
- The charter school orientation is available via a web-based format. The
modules are available on the Orientation page.
Resources for Parents and
The following links provide information for past,
current, and prospective charter school students and their parents:
Resources for Charter School Personnel
The links below include information and guidance for current charter school
administration and staff:
Charter School Applicants
The following links include charter
applications and other information for prospective charter school
The links below include more helpful information about
Charter School Administration
1701 North Congress Avenue
Phone: (512) 463-9575
Fax: (512) 463-9732