New Charter Application Cycle

The links and timelines below reference the 2022-23 cycle.

For charter schools seeking to open in the 2023-24 school year, the deadline for submitting all applications and supporting materials to the Charter Schools Office (CSO) was November 15, 2022.

NOTE: The information on this page pertains to the application process to open a new charter school in Philadelphia. If you are seeking more information on how to apply for admission into a charter school for a student, please visit our Application & Enrollment page here.

2022-23 Information Webinars

The CSO hosted three identical informational webinars regarding the New Charter Application process for those interested in opening a new charter school. If you have any questions regarding the information sessions, please email or call 215-400-5786.

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022 (2:00 PM)
  • Monday, October 3, 2022 (1:00 PM)
  • Friday, October 7, 2022 (11:00 AM)

The slide deck from the webinars can be accessed HERE.


  • The CSO holds informational webinars in September and October.
  • Letters of Intent are due by October 15.
  • Completed applications and supporting materials are due to the CSO by November 15.
  • Within 45 days of the application deadline, the Board of Education holds a public hearing to review all charter applications.
  • Within 75 days of the first public hearing, the Board of Education votes to grant or deny a new charter at a public action meeting.

Application Requirements

The CSO updates New Charter Application materials each academic year. Applicant teams seeking to open a new charter school in Philadelphia are encouraged to review both the Charter School Law and prior year’s application guidance and evaluation reports for submitted New Charter Applications prior to submitting a New Charter Application. Please note: The CSO does not review or provide feedback on draft applications. Once an application is submitted by the due date, it is considered final and will be reviewed as submitted.

2022-23 New Charter Applications

The table below contains information about New Charter Applications for the 2022-23 cycle that were submitted to the Charter Schools Office by November 15, 2022. The table has been updated with Application Narratives and Evaluation Reports.

Proposed School NameStatusProposed School Opening DateYear 1 Grade Span / EnrollmentAt-Scale Grade Span / EnrollmentTarget CommunityPrimary ContactEmail Address
ASPIRA Bilingual College and Career Preparatory AcademyApplication Narrative |
Evaluation Report
August 1, 20239-10 / 6009-12 / 1200Kensington, Olney, 19134, 19140, 19120Kathryn McKinley
ASPIRA Dr. Ricardo E. Alegria Preparatory Charter SchoolApplication Narrative |
Evaluation Report
August 1, 2023K-5 / 690K-8 / 1035Kensington, Olney, 19134, 19140, 19120Kathryn McKinley
Global Leadership Academy International Charter High SchoolApplication Narrative |
Evaluation Report
August 14, 20239 / 1509-12 / 600CitywideDr. Naomi Johnson
Perseverance Leadership Academy Charter SchoolApplication Narrative |
Evaluation Report
August 28, 2023K-8 / 1296K-8 / 129619131, 19139, 19151Dr. Deshawnda
Philadelphia First Responders Academy Charter SchoolNot SubmittedAugust 28, 20239-11 / 3759-12 / 600Northwest Philadelphia, 19144, 19138, 19119, 19151George
The Kennedy Charter School for GirlsNot SubmittedSeptember 5, 20236-8 / 3756-12 / 875Citywide, Females 11-18 Elzena