Standards, Policies and Practices


Missouri Charter Public School Commission has adopted the National Association of Charter School Authorizer’s Principles and Standards. The Commission will use these as their guide for sponsorship. (Adopted September 9, 2015.)  Our performance framework, based on these principles and standards can be found here

Commission Policies

The Commission is currently engaged in a process to review, update, consolidate and standardize its policies created between 2015-2021. 

1.01 Commission Operations (Adopted September 15, 2021) 

1.02 Open Records (Adopted September 9, 2015, Amended September 15, 2021)

1.03 Commission Meeting  (Adopted June 8, 2016, Amended September 15, 2021)

1.04 Financial Policies (Adopted October 20, 2021, Amended February 16, 2022)

2.01 Core Sponsorship Principles (Adopted October 20, 2021)

2.02 Approval of New Charter Schools (Adopted June 8, 2016, Amended October 20, 2021)

2.03 New Sponsor Applications (Adopted October 20, 2021)

2.04 Transfer Schools (Adopted April 11, 2018; Amended May 29, 2018; Amended March 17, 2021, October 20, 2021)

3.01 Performance Based Oversight (Adopted September 16, 2020; Amended November 17, 2021)

3.02 Intervention Policy (Adopted April 11, 2018; Amended November 17, 2021)

3.03 Contract Amendments (Adopted November 17, 2021)

3.04 Charter School Renewal (Adopted December 19, 2018; Amended March 17, 2021; Amended November 17, 2021)

3.05 Record Retention (Adopted November 17, 2021)

3.06 Complaints (Adopted November 17, 2021)

3.07 Revocation and Closure (Adopted November 17, 2021)


The Operating Plan for the Missouri Charter Public School Commission provides an overview of its values, principles, application process and procedures.  The Site Visit Protocol (Appendix A, B and Interview/Focus Group Guide) is used for the initial three years of a charter and School Quality Review Protocol is used for schools transferring to the Commission and for sponsored schools requesting renewal, expansion or replication.  The Commission issues an annual report for each school. The Annual Report template can be found here.  Our school closure plan can be found here

Missouri Charter Public School Commission accepts application on an ongoing basis.

Applications must be approved by the State Board of Education by January 31 in order to open the following school year. Schools planning to open the next school year must have a final application to the Commission by August 1. Applications received after August 1 will be reviewed for opening in the year following the next school year. The Missouri Charter Public School Commission reserves the right to modify this deadline.