New Charter School Application Process and Timeline

*Below are the dates of the previous charter application cycle. We will update this page after the new dates are provided by the State Department of Education.*

Below is the timeline for the new school application process:

Key Process Steps Month
Call for Application Released October 2017
Letter of Intent Due November 03, 2017
Charter Application Due February 01, 2018
Charter Institute Capacity Meetings with applicants December 2017 to February 15, 2018
Charter Institute Board Meeting Schedule TBD

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Step 1: Interested applicants planning to open new charter school in the 2019-2020 school year must submit the LOI to Charter Institute at Erskine by November 03, 2017. Click here to download Letter of Intent

Step 2: Completed Letter of Intent must be submitted electronically to the following.

Step 3: Charter Institute team will confirm the receipt of your LOI by an email to the Planning Meeting Chair. The chair for the planning meeting will be the point of contact for any further communications from the charter institute.


Charter Application

Step 1: Electronic Copy

Completed electronic copy of the charter application must be submitted to SC State Department of Education and Charter Institute at Erskine between 8:00 am, November 15, 2017, to 5:00 pm, February 01, 2018. Applications submitted after 5:00 pm, February 01, 2018 will not be accepted.

Documents required to complete the Charter Application can be found here.

Completed Charter Applications must be submitted electronically to the following:

  • SC Department of Education
    Email the completed Charter Application to
  • Charter Institute at Erskine
    Load the completed Charter Application to a Google Drive or Dropbox in a neatly organized format that includes a table of contents. Email the link to
    Charter Institute team will confirm the receipt of your submission.

Step 2: Hard Copy

Completed hard copy of the charter application can be submitted to Charter Institute at Erskine to the mailing address below:
1612 Marion St, Suite 210, Columbia, SC 29201

Technical Assistance
State Department of Education will be holding a technical assistance session on Tuesday, October 10th in Columbia, SC.
Location:  SC Virtual Charter School - Suite 420, 140 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Notes: After entering the building, take the elevators to the 4th floor. Locate Suite 420 and follow signage to the conference room.
Link to register:

Charter Institute at Erskine New Charter Application Workshop
Location: 200 Arbor Lake Drive, 301, Columbia, SC 29223
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Kayla Audette- Charter Application Overview
Courtney Mills-Evidence of Need and Goals
Beckie Davis-Special Education
Carol Aust-Governing Board
Renee Mathews- School Leadership
Micheal Thom-Budget and Finance
Melissa Kiddy-Lessons Learnt

For further information please contact us at