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Charter School Renewal

Charter School Renewal Guidance

Pursuant to Indiana Code § 20-24-2.2-2, the minimum standards for renewal of a charter school include a requirement that the school not remain in the lowest category or designation of school improvement for four consecutive years. Charter schools failing to meet these minimum standards are not eligible to submit a Renewal Request.

Grace Schools Charter Authority LLC., in accordance with IC 20-24-4-1, has developed a charter school renewal process to ensure fair and timely decision making related to charter renewal.

GSCA’s Charter Renewal Application process begins in the Fall in the final year of the term of a school’s charter. Each school authorized by GSCA that wishes to continue being authorized by GSCA, must first submit a Statement of Intent to Seek Renewal by September 1, at the beginning of the final year. Once a Statement is received, GSCA will provide the school with a consolidated performance dashboard summarizing the school’s performance during the term of the charter on GSCA’s Accountability System.

The formal renewal process includes submission of a Charter Renewal Application, a formal site visit, and a public hearing.

GSCA may grant a renewal for any length of time up to seven (5) years, with or without additional conditions. If GSCA determines that a school’s charter should be renewed, the school must enter into a new Charter Agreement, incorporating any additional changes requested (and granted by the Board) GSCA’s Accountability System, any further conditions required by GSCA.

Renewal decisions are based on the school’s performance on GSCA’s Accountability System, the contents of the Renewal Application, an interview with the governing board of the school, the school site visit, and public comment. GSCA does not use a specific formula for determining whether or not a school’s charter should be renewed. Each decision is based on the specific history and circumstances of the school.

As evidence of the school’s performance has already been collected by GSCA, the primary purpose of the Renewal Application is to allow the school: (1) to present any important new or supplemental information pertaining to the three categories of the Accountability System, to enable a more comprehensive assessment of school performance; and (2) to articulate a school’s strategies and capacities for sustaining success and continuing to improve over the next charter term.