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Colorado Charter Schools


In the state of Colorado charter schools are public schools that operate via a contract with an authorizer such as the local school district or, in some cases, the Colorado Charter School Institute.

Our office administers the Colorado Charter School Startup and Implementation grant, which provides technical assistance to charter schools and authorizers, processes waiver requests for the State Board of Education, collects data on charter schools, produces special topic studies and the state evaluation of charter schools, and responds to questions from the general public. See more information on the CCSP Grant.

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News & Updates 

Schools of Choice Equity Convening Advisory Panel: Recruiting New Members  

The Schools of Choice Unit plans to continue to host Equity Convenings during the 2020-2021 grant year and is looking for individuals who have expertise in and a passion for issues surrounding educational equity and access to serve on our Advisory Panel. If you are interested in helping to inform the direction of these convenings and can commit to contributing to virtual meetings (dates to be determined), please reach out directly to Gisa Simmons at  

2021-2022 BEST Grant Application

The 2021-22 cycle for the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant will open on Wednesday, January 6th. Signed and completed applications are due no later than 4pm on Friday, February 5th. Please note the condensed amount of time the application portal is open, which is to give staff and the Capital Construction Assistance Board more time to review projects. For more information, visit the Capital Construction homepage.  

ACCESS for ELLs 2021 Test Window & Communication Resources  

To provide flexibility for Colorado districts and schools as they continue to prepare for ACCESS test administration, CDE is extending the ACCESS testing window to open on Monday, Jan. 11 and to close on Friday, March 12. This extends the window to nine weeks instead of five in recognition of the challenges of this yea’s administration as schools continue to implement district policies and local health guidelines that may reduce the number of available test days for cohorts of students. CDE has created communications tools that districts, and school leaders are welcome to use to communicate with families about the ACCESS test. The Communications Toolkit for ACCESS Testing has materials available in Spanish and English.