2018 CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS – PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS
To ensure a rigorous and transparent application process, the Office of Charter Schools requested public comment on the initial charter applications we
received in April of this year. We shared those comments with the board before they voted on the initial applications in June. Because of the short
turnaround time we have to review and score amended applications, we are not incorporating public comment. We still wanted to give the public a chance
to review the amended applications. They can be found by following the link below.
The Shelby County Schools, Office of Charter Schools mission is to support the accountability of performance in each of its charter schools through academics,
operations, and finance, to ensure that SCS Charters are in the top 25% of schools in Tennessee.
The Shelby County Schools’ charter sector enrollment has continued to increase over the past five plus years. Nine charter schools have been in operation under Shelby County Schools
(SCS) or Memphis City Schools (pre-merger) for over ten years as of the 2018-19 school year. SCS charter schools serve approximately 16,000 students –just over 17 percent
of all students enrolled in Shelby County Schools.
With ambitious student goals on the horizon, the Office of Charter Schools has implemented a rigorous evaluation process to assist the District in managing requests for charter
school expansions, replications, and charter agreement modifications. The Office of Charter Schools holds high standards for charter approval, reauthorization, and revocation
when necessary, to ensure that every charter school provides Shelby County families with a high-quality school option that is committed to college and career-readiness.
Helpful Links to Resources About Charter Schools
For your convenience, the following is a list of helpful links to various resources regarding charter schools.