Starting a School

We are excited that you are thinking about starting a charter public school! The Missouri Charter Public School Commission is the only sole-purpose, statewide sponsor of charter schools in Missouri and we are here to help you take your application through the State approval process. We’re also here to make sure that you are meeting your obligations to the students, parents, communities and tax payers you serve.

How do you start? You start by asking yourself these three questions:

  1. What will the children who attend this school experience different than if they attended another school?
  2. What are the key skills, talents and knowledge of the people who lead, teach and govern this school?
  3. What supports and resources can I access to help me get this school designed, a strong application written and approved, and the school open and successful?

If these are new questions or they made you stop and think – fantastic! We’re glad you reached out to us early in your process. You may find it best to contact the Missouri Charter Public School Association next to learn about their Charter Start program to assist you with your application.  

The Starting a School section of our website will provide you with essential information on charter schools and our role as the sponsor. You will find the necessary forms and information to get you started. Make sure you complete and submit your Letter of Intent as soon as possible. 

You are welcome to contact us and arrange for a call to discuss the charter school process.