Application Process

The application cycle is now closed.

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.


Step 1: Letter of Intent

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 charterschools@grace.edu by the deadlines for each application cycle. Please refer to Charter School Application Deadlines towards the bottom of the page for relevant dates.

Letter of Intent – New Operators

Letter of Intent – Experienced Operators


Step 2: Request for Prospectus

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.

2018 Prospectus


Step 3: Full Proposal for schools

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.

Charter School Full Proposal for Experienced Operators

Charter School Full Proposal for New Operators


Step 4: Evaluation Reviews and Interviews

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.


Step 5: Authorizing Charter Board Decisions

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.


Application Deadlines

Step 1 – Letter of Intent

Anytime or by June 1, 2018

A Letter of Intent must be submitted to Grace College.

Step 2 – Request for Prospectus

June 11, 2018

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  (2-week window)

Due July 16, 2018

GSCA accepts proposals for the next fall.

Step 4 – Interviews and Public Hearings

July 23 – September 14, 2018

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 28, 2018*

*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.

Decisions at this time will allow proposed charter schools to file the appropriate paperwork with the state.


Grace Schools Charter Authority Board, LLC

  • Vice President of Financial Affairs
  • Provost
  • Community Leader
  • Community Leader
  • Community Leader

Grace College Senior Leadership

  • President
  • Vice President of Financial Affairs
  • Vice President for Advancement
  • Vice President and Dean of the Seminary and School of Ministry Studies
  • Provost
  • Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Vice President of Administration and Compliance
  • Dean of Student Affairs