Charter Schools

Charter Application Requirements

Charter School Proposal Process for Schools Opening in Fall 2015.

Ball State University, Office of Charter Schools (“OCS”) welcomes any Organizing Group wanting to start a charter school to apply by following the Charter School Proposal Process for Schools Opening in Fall 2015.  Written submissions should be clear, concise, and provide compelling reasons for Ball State University to authorize the proposed charter school. Meeting deadlines does not guarantee approval during the current review cycle.

The evaluation process for the charter proposals includes each of the following: 1) a review by OCS staff and external evaluators; 2) an interview with Organizer and other representatives; and 3) a public hearing in the community where the proposed charter school will be located. Although OCS makes recommendations as to which proposal(s) to approve, Ball State University’s President makes the final decisions as to any schools that are recommended for a charter approval.

OCS will be revisiting its requirements prior to each proposal cycle to see if any revisions are needed. OCS will try to make any necessary changes at least 60 days in advance of the submission deadlines in order to allow Organizing Groups to have time to make adjustments prior to deadlines.

Submission Requirements:  Statements of Interest and Charter Proposals shall be submitted both electronically and by regular mail. Electronic submissions shall be via email to charterapps@bsu.edu no later than the specified date for the electronic submission. One copy of the Statement of Interest shall be sent by regular mail to Office of Charter Schools postmarked no later than the specified date for the electronic submission. Ten copies of the Charter Proposals shall be sent by regular mail to Office of Charter Schools postmarked no later than the specified date for the electronic submission.

Click the following link for the OCS Policies. Ball State University requires that all charter schools under its sponsorship meet the requirements of university policies related to charter schools. The Office of Charter Schools policies are also posted on the Office of Charter Schools Web site. Additional policies will be posted as they are developed and ready for release.

OCS Policies

Office of Charter Schools
Ball State University
Teachers College (TC), Room 912
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Summer Hours)
Phone: 765-285-1336
Fax: 765-285-9873