Renewal Process for Public Charter Schools

The renewal of a charter school takes place every five years. The renewal process consists of a renewal application and a comprehensive on-site review conducted by a team of education professionals to determine if the school has adequately fulfilled the promises outlined in its charter.

The following steps are part of the renewal process:

  1. A public charter school submits an Intent to Renew Charter (see document below) to the New Hampshire Department of Education by the end of the school's fourth year of operation.
  2. Submission of a completed renewal application (contained in the "Guidelines" below).
  3. An on-site review is scheduled. The on-site team conducts focus group interviews with school leadership, teachers, parents, students and members of the Board of Trustees. Documentation materials will also be reviewed at this time.

The school's performance described in the renewal application, yearly assessment results and charter accountability documents provides, along with the on-site review, the evidence needed to monitor progress toward the charter school's academic performance, financial, programmatic, and organizational goals.

Overall findings of the school's performance and a recommendation for renewal will be presented to the New Hampshire State Board of Education. The State Board of Education will make the final determination to renew the charter school for another five-year term.