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Charter Schools

Lafayette Parish School Board 2017 District Charter School Application Process for Schools Opening in the 2018-19 School Year or Beyond

Forms and Information Needed for Submission of a Type 1 or Type 3 Charter School Proposal

In compliance with R.S. 17:3982, the Lafayette Parish School Board is making public through our website, and in printed form upon request, the guidelines for submitting a charter proposal, all forms required for submission of a charter proposal, the timelines established for accepting and reviewing charter proposals, the process that will be used to review charter proposals submitted to the board, and the name and contact information for a primary point of contact for charter proposals.

I. Charter School Application

Applicants should complete the 2017 Common Charter School Application found here.

The common application requires applicants to complete five sets of documents–a charter proposal written in response to the questions posed in the common application, a finances template, an eligibility form, background check forms, and an overview template. Links to the last four sets of documents are embedded within the common charter application.

Required: LPSS- 2017 Charter School Intent to Apply - Due February 1, 2017


II. Charter School Process Schedule

  • January 6, 2017: Charter application released
  • February 24, 2017: Applications due

    Applicants should email the five required sets of documents to
  • June 1, 2017: Last day for Lafayette Parish School Board to make decisions to approve or deny charter applications.

III. Charter Application Review Process

All charter applications will be reviewed by an independent evaluator with educational, organizational, legal, and financial expertise. Applicants will have the opportunity to provide to the evaluator a written response to the independent evaluation of their charter application before the evaluator provides a final recommendation to Lafayette Parish School Board.

IV. Charter School Contact Information

Individuals or organizations with questions about the district's charter application process should contact:

Karen Sheppard, District & School Data Liaison

Charter School Timeline


2017 Common Charter Application


District Charter Application Process Manual





Posted 01/06/2017