The SUNY Charter Schools uses a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals to establish SUNY authorized charter schools. The Institute may hold more than one round seeking proposals for each RFP.

2021 Timeline

Request for Proposals
Final RFP Issued
Intent to Apply Form
Proposals Due
October 2021
Successful Applicants Approved by SUNY Trustees
Fall 2022
Earliest Approved Opening Date

2021 Proposals

School District Proposal Status
Destine Preparatory Charter School Schenectady City School District Received
Finger Lakes Classical Academy Charter School Auburn City School District Withdrawn
International Academy for Culture, Arts, Science, and Technology (CAST) Yonkers City School District Withdrawn
Long Island Career Charter School Wyandanch Union Free School District Withdrawn
Nurses Middle College Charter School Albany City Public School District Received
Rochester Academy of Science Charter School Rochester City School Distrct Received
South Shore Charter School Central Islip Union Free School District Received
The Academy Charter School - Wyandanch Wyandanch Union Free School District Received

2021 Updates

Requests For Proposals

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (the “Institute”) announces the release of the 2021 SUNY Request for Proposals (RFP) to open new charter schools in New York State. 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. For the response to public comments received on the draft RFP, Response to Public Comments on 2021 RFP

Requests For Proposals

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute, on behalf of the State University of New York Board of Trustees (the “SUNY Trustees”), in its capacity as a charter authorizer, has received the following proposals to establish charter schools in response to the July cycle of the 2021 SUNY Request for Proposals (“RFP”) by the July 12, 2021 deadline. A proposed school’s appearance on the list below does not indicate the SUNY Trustees have approved or will approve the proposed school.

All information listed was reported by applicants at the time of submission and may change based on updated information. For further information on the public list, please contact Maureen Foley at (518) 445-4250 or To provide comments on any pending applications, please email

The Institute has reviewed the applications for completeness and quality. The following applications were complete and met the minimum eligibility requirements of the 2021 RFP:

The following application did not meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the 2021 RFP. It has therefore been withdrawn from consideration.