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Information Sheet for Charter Schools

Information for making changes to, or starting new charter schools.

The County-District-School (CDS) code provides the California Department of Education (CDE), the Department of Finance (DOF), and public postsecondary institutions with a common basis for tracking schools in databases. To ensure that the data remain useful for demographic and fiscal purposes, information stored in the CDS system must be accurate and current.

New CDS Code or Conversion School

General information defining a charter school and information on how to start a charter school may be located at the Charter School General Information [] Web site. For new charter schools, please include in the charter school application packet a completed CDS code application (Request for a County-District-School (CDS) Code, Form TSD-01). If an existing school is being converted to a charter school, the existing CDS code might remain the same. For charter school conversions, please include a completed "Change Request for a County-District-School (CDS) Code, Form TSD-02" in the charter school application packet.


Changes to the school name, address, phone number, administrator/principal, and grade span can be requested by the charter's authorizing district Online Public Update for Schools (OPUS)-CDS coordinator.

To obtain copies of CDS Code forms, and information about the OPUS-CDS application and resources, visit the Schools & Districts Web page.

Return Completed Forms To:

Charter Schools Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 5401
Sacramento, CA 95814
Questions:   CDS Administration | | 916-327-4014
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