SUNY Trustees Renew One Charter School, Approve Two Applications for New Charter Schools

Upon recommendation of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Charter Schools Committee (the “Committee”), acting on behalf of the full SUNY Board of Trustees, today approved a resolution to renew a SUNY authorized charter school located in Buffalo, New York.  The Committee also approved two resolutions to approve two applications for new charter schools, both located in New York City—in the Bronx and Manhattan.

To view the press release click here.

Overview of SUNY Charter School Performance on 2015 New York State Tests

In August, the New York State Education Department released the results of the 2015 English language arts (“ELA”) and mathematics New York State tests for all public schools. These results indicate that 90% of SUNY authorized charter schools outperformed their district of location on the mathematics assessment and 73% outperformed their district on the ELA assessment. 76% of the students in these schools are economically disadvantaged.

For additional highlights of the performance of SUNY authorized charter schools on the 2015 New York State assessments, please click here.

Announcing the 2015-16 State Stimulus Fund Grant Request for Proposals

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute, acting on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, is pleased to announce that it will accept applications for New York State Charter Schools Stimulus Fund (“SSF”) grants in support of charter school facility projects with bonus points available for performing arts programs/projects.

Schools authorized by SUNY, the Chancellor of the New York City School District, the Board of Regents/New York State Education Department and the Buffalo Board of Education are all potentially qualified schools under this Request for Proposals.

Pursuant to a 2015-16 State budget appropriation, SUNY has $3.1 million in SSF funding available to award to eligible charter school applicants regardless of authorizer.

More information on how to apply is available here

Proposals Submitted in Response to the July Cycle of the 2015 RFP

The State University of New York Board of Trustees (“SUNY Trustees”), in its capacity as a charter authorizer, has received proposals in response to the 2015 SUNY Request for Proposals. The deadline for this round of applications was July 29, 2015.  The Public List indicates only receipt of a proposal. Inclusion in the list does not indicate that the SUNY Trustees have approved or will approve the proposed new school.

All information listed was reported by applicants at the time of submission, has not been analyzed by the Institute,  and is subject to change based on further information.

Click here to view the Public List

Letters of Intent Received by the Institute

The Public List of the Letters of Intent submitted in response to the 2015 SUNY Request for Proposals is now available.

Request for Proposals (2016)

Please find the 2016 SUNY Request for Proposals to open new charter schools in New York State, including New York City.


2015 Request for Proposals Released

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (“Institute”) announces the release of the 2015 SUNY Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to open new charter schools in New York State, including New York City.  The New York Charter Schools Act of 1998 (as amended, the “Act”) requires New York’s charter authorizers to solicit applications to establish new charter schools by way of a Request for Proposals process. The statute also mandates that SUNY issue a draft RFP for public comments prior to issuing the RFP. The Response to Public Comments is available here. All comments were reviewed by Institute staff, and changes were made to the RFP based on the feedback received.

The Institute is holding two rounds for available responses to this RFP: one commencing on July 10, 2015 and one commencing on December 11, 2015. 

Timelines for each round are outlined in the RFP; following are some key dates :                                             

For the cycle commencing on July 10, 2015:

  • Required Letter of Intent Due: July 10, 2015 by 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Final Proposal Due: July 29, 2015 by 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Target School Opening Date: Fall 2016 or 2017
  • The Institute anticipates presenting any new charter recommendations that may result from the July 2015 cycle to the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Charter Schools Committee in October 2015.

For the cycle commencing on December 11, 2015, key dates include:

  • Required Letter of Intent Due: December 11, 2015 by 12:00 p.m.  EST
  • Final Proposal Due: January 22, 2016 by 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Target School Opening Date: Fall 2017
SUNY Business Plan

As part of the SUNY Request for Proposals to establish a new charter school, SUNY requires Business Plans for charter schools that partner or intend to partner with not-for-profit charter management organizations (CMOs) or educational service providers (ESPs). The Charter School Business Plan Requirements for Applicants document provides an overview of the business plan requirements included in the SUNY RFP for establishing a new school. 


Start-up Budget and Cash Flow Template

As part of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for new charter schools, applicant groups must submit a start-up budget and cash flow template


Transmittal and Summary Form

All applicants submitting a proposal in response to the 2018 RFP must complete a Proposal Transmittal and Summary Form.

Transmittal and Summary Form (2018)