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Charter Schools

Public schools providing instruction in any of grades TK–12 created or organized by teachers, parents, community leaders or a community-based organization.

What's New in Charters

Charter School Annual Information Update (New 8-Apr-2022)
The Charter School Annual Information Update (Information Update) provides an opportunity for charter schools to verify and update information that is currently on file with the California Department of Education (CDE) for the upcoming school year. The Information Update is accessible to all active charter schools. New charter schools that have not yet started serving students do not need to complete nor have access to the Information Update.

Charter Authorizer Support Initiative (CASI) (Updated 29-Mar-2022)
The Charter Authorizer Support Initiative (CASI) is a program managed collaboratively by the California Department of Education (CDE), Charter Schools Division and two CDE sub-grant recipients: the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s (SCCOE) Charter Schools Department and the California Charter Authorizing Professionals (CCAP).

Legislation Impacting Charters (Updated 25-Mar-2022)
Information for charter school authorizers, charter schools, and parents regarding the implications and implementation of recent legislation pertaining to charter schools.

Form J-13A Information for Charter Schools

Local educational agencies (LEAs) can submit a Form J-13A request for school closures due to COVID-19-related staffing shortages that occur during the period of September 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, if staffing shortages meet specific conditions. Statute does not allow for the approval of most Form J-13A requests to mitigate losses of attendance due to COVID-19-related school closures but does permit some exceptions for community day schools, school sites or classes with students with exceptional needs whose individualized education programs do not provide for participation in independent study, and staffing shortages that meet specific conditions, as noted above. Absent these exemptions, LEAs who close due to COVID-19 must generate attendance for apportionment through independent study and may not reduce their divisors when calculating Average Daily Attendance by the number of days in-person instruction was not offered.

Although loss of attendance can only be mitigated in some circumstances, LEAs can submit a Form J-13A request to receive instructional time credit to meet the annual day and minute requirements for COVID-19-related school closures that occur during the time period of September 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, inclusive, if the offering of independent study to all eligible students is certified by the LEA making the request.

Form J-13A
Information regarding submission of the Request for Allowance of Attendance Due to Emergency Conditions, Form J-13A. The Form J-13A and supporting documentation are submitted after the school closure is over.

Form J-13A Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about the submittal and approval process of Form J-13A. LEAs are required to complete a consultation with the County Office of Education (COE) and the CDE prior to the school closure because of staff shortage due to COVID-19. The staffing shortage consultation with the LEA's COE and CDE should factor into the LEA's decision to close school and be done prior to the LEA's final decision to close. Specific questions related to the waiver process should be submitted via email to

Information and Resources

Administrative Functions
Direction on administrative functions such as charter numbering, renewals, closures and the annual information update.

Charter Facilities
Guidance on school district obligations and facilities.

Charter School Complaint Notice and Form
Information for charter school authorizers, charter schools, and parents regarding the Charter School Complaint Notice and Form.

Charter Updates
Updates and information from the California Department of Education, Charter Schools Division to charter schools, authorizers, and stakeholders

Fiscal Support/Nonclassroom-Based Funding
Information regarding charter school funding, including, nonclassroom-based funding determination requests and grant opportunities.

Laws, Regulations, and Policies
Access to State and federal statutes, regulations, and policy guidance for charter schools.

Oversight of State Board of Education Authorized Charter Schools
Guidance on submitting charter petition appeals and administrative functions.

Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP)
Information about the PCSGP and guidance for grantees.

Resources for Parents and FAQs about Charter Schools
Frequently asked questions, how to find charter schools, and various information pertaining to charter schools.

Questions:   Charter Schools Division | | 916-322-6029
Last Reviewed: Friday, April 8, 2022
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