The Apply Right program will help your planning team get your vision off the ground. The New York City Charter School Center’s team will provide you with the tools, guidance and resources you’ll need to ensure your charter application is ready for submission to New York State charter authorizers.

UPDATE: Availability of Charters

While there are approximately 90 charters available to open in New York State, there are currently no charters available to be issued in New York City. We continue to work with our charter advocacy partners to push the legislature to consider making new charters available for NYC in the coming year.



To be eligible for Apply Right, teams must:

  • Have at least two team members willing to commit to the program
  • Intend to open a charter school in New York
  • Understand and commit to building a high quality public charter school


$650 per team – we encourage 3 members to register as a team.

Fee includes:

  • Registration for three team members. Additional members may register for $200 each
  • All materials for the team
  • Access to Charter Center experts by appointment for specific questions


Apply Right registration for the Fall 2022 seminar is now closed. Check back next year!


Apply Right is an intensive series of online seminars that prepares your team to thoughtfully and efficiently tackle the various components of New York State’s charter school applications, including academic design and curriculum, data and assessment, budgeting and operations, and community engagement. Led by former SUNY-CSI authorizer and nationally recognized charter school application consultant, Simeon Stolzberg, planning teams will explore work plans, resources and templates as well as high-quality exemplars from successful applicants to inform the development of their school. Upon completion of the workshop the Charter Center team will be available for quality review and assessment of your readiness for the application process. More information will be available during the Application Workshop.

Fall 2022 Apply Right Syllabus

October 25 , 2022Founding a Charter School and the Charter Environment
October 27 , 2022Developing the Academic Program
November 1 , 2022Establishing Strong Governance and Management
November 3 , 2022Ensuring Sustainability through Strong Finances and Effective Operations
November 10 , 2022All About Budgets