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CDS Codes for Statewide Benefit Charters

Information on obtaining County-District-School (CDS) codes for Statewide Benefit Charter (SBC) schools.

New Schools for Statewide Benefit Charters

Each statewide benefit charter will be given a unique district code that ties back to the organization that developed and will operate the charter. Statewide benefit charters must commence operations with at least two new* schools (California Code of Regulations [CCR], Title 5, Section 11967.6[a][4]) and each new school will be given a unique school code, which will then be combined with the organization’s county and district code.

A single county office of education will be designated to receive funding and establish accounts for each statewide benefit charter (CCR, Title 5, Section 11967.8[b]). The designated county office will be indicated in the county part of the county-district-school (CDS) code. This county code used in the CDS code only represents the county office designated to administer the funding to the statewide benefit charter and does not reflect the physical location(s) of the individual statewide benefit charter schools.

Existing Schools for Statewide Benefit Charters

It may be possible (in the future) that an existing charter school may be re-authorized under the authority of statewide benefit charter. In that case, the existing charter school would keep its school code, and would change its county/district code to that of the authorizing statewide benefit charter operating organization.

It may be possible (in the future) that an existing traditional public school may wish to convert to a charter school and be authorized by a statewide benefit charter. In that case, the conversion school would keep its school code, and would change its county/district code to that of the authorizing statewide benefit charter operating organization.

Non-CDS Special Education Consideration

Each statewide benefit charter must participate in a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) per CCR, Title 5, Section 11967.6[a][6]. Individual schools within a statewide benefit charter do not participate in different SELPAs. Ideally, the SELPA in which the statewide benefit charter participates would be located in the county designated to administer the funding.


* Not previously approved by a charter authorizer.

Questions:   CDS Administration | cdsadmin@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-4014
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 4, 2016