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Charter Schools


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:

  1. Subchapter B Home-Rule Charters - There are no home-rule charters in Texas.
  2. Subchapter C Campus or District Charters - Independent school districts authorize and oversee these charters.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:
    • Beta Academy (Houston)
    • High Point Academy (Fort Worth)
    • Ki Charter Academy (San Marcos)
    • The Excel Center (Austin)
    • Trinity 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 Students

    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:

    Resources for Charter School Applicants

    The following links include charter applications and other information for prospective charter school operators:

    Other Resources

    The links below include more helpful information about charters:

    Charter School Administration
    1701 North Congress Avenue
    Austin, TX 78701
    Phone: (512) 463-9575
    Fax: (512) 463-9732

    Page last modified on 10/20/2014 08:12:24 AM.