During each application cycle, the Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC (GSCA) accepts applications from all types of applicants, including:
The GCOC defines “New Operators” as those applicants who have not previously operated a charter school and who do not intend to contract with an Education Service Provider (ESP) to oversee school operations. “Experienced Operators” are defined as either: (a) applicants that have previously operated a charter school or managed a network of charter schools; or (b) applicants that have not previously operated a charter school, but intend to contract with an ESP. Per IC § 20-24-1-6.1. ESP is defined as a "for profit education management organization, nonprofit charter management organization, school design provider, or any other partner entity with which a charter school intends to contract for educational design, implementation, or comprehensive management." Experienced Operators led by experienced Boards may apply for one or more charters.
All applicants seeking to submit a proposal to the GSCA are first required to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) indicating their interest in applying to the GSCA. Only those applicants that meet the LOI deadline are eligible to submit a Full Proposal. Please note that submission of the LOI does not obligate the applicant to submit a Prospectus or Full Proposal.
The Letters of Intent must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadlines for each application cycle. Please refer to Charter School Application Deadlines towards the bottom of the page for relevant dates.
Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC will send a request for Prospectus. This gives the GSCA a brief overview of the proposed school. If GSCA deems the proposal viable for the community in which the charter is proposed and based on the GSCA capacity, the GSCA will make recommendations for Full Proposal or notify the organizer the reasons for denial at this time.
Applicants that meet the LOI deadline may be eligible to submit a Full Proposal. During each application cycle, the Full Proposal should be submitted to the GSCA no later than the established deadline. Please note that failure to submit a timely or complete proposal may serve as grounds to reject the proposal. Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC is currently NOT accepting new applications.
Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC (GSCA) evaluates all proposals for a capacity of plan, educational plan, and business plan. The review process for Full Proposals includes: (1) a review by GSCA staff,/committee external experts, and legal counsel; (2) interviews with GSCA staff/committee; (3) regional public hearings; (4) a time range for open written comments; and (5) recommendation.
The Grace College Charter Review Committee will submit qualifying recommendations to the Senior Leadership then to the Board of Trustees based on determinations from the GSCA staff, evaluation teams and any additional information considered by Grace College.
A Letter of Intent must be submitted to Grace College.
Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC will send a request for Prospectus. This Prospectus gives the GSCA a brief overview of the proposed school. Based on this Prospectus, the GSCA will either make a recommendation for full proposal or notify the organizer the reasons for denial at this time.
GSCA accepts proposals for the next fall
Grace will review applications, conduct interviews, hold public hearings, and accept public comments.
Decisions at this time will allow proposed charter schools to file the appropriate paperwork with the state.
Link to full document here.