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.
All applicants seeking to submit a proposal to the GSCA are first required to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) indicating their interest in applying to the GSCA. Only those applicants that meet the LOI deadline are eligible to submit a Full Proposal. Please note that submission of the LOI does not obligate the applicant to submit a Prospectus or Full Proposal.
The Letters of Intent must be submitted to email@example.com by the deadlines for each application cycle. Please refer to Charter School Application Deadlines towards the bottom of the page for relevant dates.
Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC will send a request for Prospectus. This gives the GSCA a brief overview of the proposed school. If GSCA deems the proposal viable for the community in which the charter is proposed and based on the GSCA capacity, the GSCA will make recommendations for Full Proposal or notify the organizer the reasons for denial at this time.
Applicants that meet the LOI deadline may be eligible to submit a Full Proposal. During each application cycle, the Full Proposal should be submitted to the GSCA no later than the established deadline. Please note that failure to submit a timely or complete proposal may serve as grounds to reject the proposal. Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC is currently NOT accepting new applications.
Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC (GSCA) evaluates all proposals for a capacity of plan, educational plan and business plan. The review process for Full Proposals includes: (1) a review by GSCA board, staff, external experts and legal counsel; (2) interviews with GSCA board and staff; (3) regional public hearings; (4) a time range for open written comments; and (5) final evaluation and recommendation.
The GSCA board will submit qualifying recommendations to the Senior Leadership based on determinations from the GSCA board and staff, evaluation teams and any additional information received. Decisions at this time will allow proposed charter schools to file the appropriate paperwork with the state.
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.