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Potential Charter School Applicants

​Potential Charter Applicant Information Session:

Date: April 10, 2017

Time: 9 - 11 a.m.

Location: VCS District Administration Building, School Board Room, 200 N. Clara Ave., DeLand FL 32720

The following documents were provided at the Potential Charter Applicant Information Session:

Charter School Orientation 2017-18 PPT Handout.pdf (This PowerPoint was presented and discussed.)

2017 Charter School New Applicant Information Sheet.pdf (This information sheet was provided and requested to be returned. If you were not able to attend, please complete this page and email to mlblair@volusia.k12.fl.us )

2017 Charter School New Applicant Important Dates Flyer.pdf (This document was important information for the applicant.)

New Charter Applicant Sample Letter of Intent.pdf (This is a sample letter to be used by any applicant wishing to apply in the 2017-18 VCS Application Cycle.)

New Charter Applicant Checklist 2017-18.pdf (This is the document used by the charter office when receiving drafts or applications. It will be completed by district staff at time of drop-off of materials.) 

Important Dates for the Volusia Charter Application Process:

(Certain dates below are subject to change and the district will notify applicants if a change occurs)

​May 1, 20​​17

​Draft Applications and $500 Application Review Fee (optional)

May 31, 2017

​Letter of Intent Submission

​July 1, 2017​Draft Application Reviews Returned to the Applicant

​August 1, 2017

​Final Proposal/Application Submission

​August 24 or 25, 2017

​Capacity Interview with District Staff

September 26, 2017

​Volusia County School Board Meeting

​​​​Individuals or groups wishing to discuss their potential charter school can schedule an appointment with Volusia County's Educational Enhancements Specialist, Marianne Blair.​

To schedule an appointment with the department, please email Marianne Blair at mlblair@volusia.k12.fl.us, or call 386-734-7190, ext. 20694.  Face to face appointments are preferred; however, other arrangements can be made if necessary.  Please bring specific questions related to your school, and be prepared to share your ideas and vision of the school as well. 

Prior to your appointment, read and review the Florida Model Charter School Application available below as this is the foundation upon which our conversation will develop.

Applicants interested in submitting a charter school application to Volusia County Schools may submit their application to Marianne Blair no later than August 1, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.​  Please bring one hard copy (in a binder with labeled section dividers) and one digital copy (preferably on a thumb drive designated for this purpose) to the office located in the Brewster Center (Archives and Records) at 200 N. Clara Avenue, DeLand, FL 32721.  

Should you need additional details or have specific questions, please email Marianne Blair at mlblair@volusia.k12.fl.us​; thank you!

Model Florida Charter School Application: http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7700/urlt/ModelApp_FinalSBE.pdf

Model Florida Charter School Evaluation Instrument:  http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7700/urlt/ModelAppEval_FinalSBE.pdf

Model Florida Virtual Charter School Application:  http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7700/urlt/Virtual-Model-App-Final-SBE.pdf

Model Florida Virtual Charter School Evaluation Instrument:  http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7700/urlt/ModelVirtual_App_Eval_FinalSBE.pdf​

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The School Board of Volusia County, Florida, pursuant to Florida Statutes 1002.33, 1001.41, establishes charter schools for the following purposes:

To improve student learning and academic achievement; to increase learning opportunities for all students with special emphasis on low-performing students and reading; to encourage the use of innovative learning methods; to increase choices of learning opportunities for students; to establish a new form of accountability for schools; to require the measurement of learning outcomes and create innovative measurement tools; and to create new professional opportunities for teachers.

Charter Schools in Florida shall be guided by the following principles:

Meet high standards of student achievement while providing parents flexibility to choose among diverse educational opportunities within the state's public school system; promote enhanced academic success and financial efficiency by aligning responsibility with accountability; provide parents with sufficient information on whether their child is reading at grade level and whether the child gains at least a year's worth of learning for every year spent in the charter school. Charter schools are fully recognized as public schools.

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