The Charter Schools Office (CSO), on behalf of the Board of Education (Board), conducts a comprehensive review of each charter school seeking renewal, and then presents a formal evaluation and renewal report (ACE-R) to the Board.

The comprehensive review are based on the Charter School Performance Framework and consider evidence of outcomes-based performance during the current charter term. The Charter School Performance Framework incorporates three domains:

  • Academic Success
  • Organizational Compliance and Viability
  • Financial Health and Sustainability

This same Framework guides the CSO’s ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and assessment work. Philadelphia brick-and-mortar charter schools receive an annual evaluation of its performance against this Framework in the Annual Charter Evaluation.

The Charter School Law primarily allows for renewal of a charter for a period of five years. In limited circumstances, charter schools in Philadelphia may be renewed for one year to allow for evaluation of additional academic performance information.

Business rules for academic calculations align with the District Performance Office’s business rules (viewed here).

Application and Timeline

Charter schools eligible for renewal in the 2022-23 academic year will follow the timeline below:

  • May 2022 – CSO releases Renewal Application
  • July 2022- Renewal Applications due
  • May 2022 – Spring 2023 – CSO analysis of schools against Charter School Performance Framework
  • Spring 2023 – CSO finalizes and publishes reports

Current charter schools pending nonrenewal/revocation include:

Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School
Board of Education Approved Notice of Nonrenewal on June 23, 2022
Location: 7101 Paschall Avenue
Grades Served: K-8