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Application Process

Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC (GSCA) are accepting applications beginning May 1, 2022.


During each application cycle, the Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC (GSCA)  accepts applications from all types of applicants, including:

  • New Operators seeking to launch one new charter school
  • Experienced Operators seeking to launch one or more charter schools
  • Existing Indiana charter schools seeking to switch authorizers

The GCOC defines “New Operators” as those applicants who have not previously operated a charter school and who do not intend to contract with an Education Service Provider (ESP) to oversee school operations. “Experienced Operators” are defined as either: (a) applicants that have previously operated a charter school or managed a network of charter schools; or (b) applicants that have not previously operated a charter school, but intend to contract with an ESP. Per IC § 20-24-1-6.1. ESP is defined as a “for-profit education management organization, nonprofit charter management organization, school design provider, or any other partner entity with which a charter school intends to contract for educational design, implementation, or comprehensive management.” Experienced Operators led by experienced boards may apply for one or more charters.

Application Deadlines

Step 1 – Letter of Intent

  • May 1, 2022 – May 10, 2022
  • A Letter of Intent must be submitted to Grace College.

Step 2 – Request for Prospectus

  • May 24, 2022
  • Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC will send a request for Prospectus. This Prospectus gives the GSCA a brief overview of the proposed school. Based on this Prospectus, the GSCA will either make a recommendation for full proposal or notify the organizer the reasons for denial at this time.

Step 3 – Full Proposal  (3-week window)

  • Due July 1, 2022 – July 22, 2022
  • GSCA accepts proposals for schools opening in Fall 2023.

Step 4 – Interviews and Public Hearings

  • July 23, 2022 – September 10, 2022
  • Grace will review applications, conduct interviews, hold public hearings, and accept public comments.

Step 5 – Grace College Authorizing Charter Decision(s) will be made within 75 days upon receipt of application.

  • September 21, 2022*
  • Decisions at this time will allow proposed charter schools to file the appropriate paperwork with the state.

*According to IC 20-24-3-9 (b) If an authorizer and an organizer mutually agree in writing to an extension under subsection (a), the extension may be for not more than fifteen days.