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Charter Submission Package for a Charter Number

Charter Submission Package and State Board of Education Numbering Deadlines

Listed below are the deadlines and required documents for submitting a Charter Submission Package in order to receive a charter number from the State Board of Education (SBE). A charter number must be assigned by the SBE before a County-District-School (CDS) code can be issued.

E-mailed numbering requests will NOT be accepted. All items listed in the Charter Submission Package are to be postmarked by 5 p.m. on the due dates listed below:

Charter Submission Package Deadline State Board of Education Meeting Dates
October 26, 2017
January 18-19, 2018
December 29, 2017
March 14-15, 2018
February 23, 2018
May 9-10, 2018
April 27, 2018
July 11-12, 2018
June 23, 2018
September 6-7, 2018
August 24, 2018
November 8-9, 2018
October 26, 2018
January 16-17, 2019
December 28, 2018
March 13-14, 2019
February 22, 2019
May 8-9, 2019
April 26, 2019
July 10-11, 2019
June 21, 2019
September 11-12, 2019
August 23, 2019
November 6-7, 2019

Package Details

All packages must include the following:

  • Notice for Charter School Number (DOC; Revised May-2016). Guidance on completing the Notice for Charter School Number can be found on the California Department of Education (CDE) Notice for Charter School Number Instructions Web page.

  • Written notice of approval of the charter school petition by the local educational agency (LEA), pursuant to California Education Code Section 47605(i).

  • Hard copies of the following:

    • Complete charter school petition as approved by the authorizing LEA, printed back to back
    • Attachments and/or appendices, printed back to pack
    • LEA’s board meeting minutes of the public hearing at which the charter school was approved
  • One CD or USB flash drive with an electronic copy of the documentation noted above.

Incomplete packages will not be forwarded to the SBE for approval of a charter number.


The meeting agenda is posted ten (10) days prior to the SBE meeting on the SBE Current and Past Agendas Web page. The item for the approval of a charter number is typically grouped with the Consent Items at the end of the meeting agenda.

Additional Applications to be Completed

The following applications should be submitted prior to opening the school. Please note, the CDS code cannot be assigned more than 12 months before opening and must contain an original signature of the authorizing district superintendent. These applications are to be submitted to the contact indicated on each form.

  • Pupil Estimates for New or Significantly Expanding Charters (PENSEC) report.This report collects estimated average daily attendance and other pupil counts. Charter schools that file a PENSEC report may receive a special advance on their funding for state Principal Apportionment and/or allocations of federal categorical programs. Additional information for the fiscal year 2017–18 can be found on the CDE PENSEC, FY 2017-18 Web page.

Submission Instructions

Mail complete Charter Submission Packages to the following address:

Attn: Charter Submission Package

Charter Schools Division

California Department of Education

1430 N Street, Suite 5401

Sacramento, CA 95814


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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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