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Charter School Authorization Process

Memphis-Shelby County Schools announces the opportunity for the public to submit comment on new charter school AMENDED applications by June 26, 2022.

Please follow the two links below to:

  1. Review the AMENDED applications HERE.
  2. Submit comment via the Public Comment Survey.

Sponsors applying for charter schools are required to submit the 2021 Charter Application to both Memphis-Shelby County Schools and the Department of Education by the close of business on February 1. In addition to the Tennessee State Department of Education’s (TDOE) Application and Budget, sponsors applying for charter schools must also submit the 2020 Charter School Application Supplement by February 1. Note: When the February 1 deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or State observed holiday, the application materials are due the next business day.

All applicants must file a Letter of Intent at least 60 days prior to the application deadline of February 1. This letter must be delivered to the local board of education and the Tennessee Department of Education no later than December 3. HERE is the updated Letter of Intent for review.

Information on how to submit charter school applications and letters of intent is available on the TDOE website.

Submit letters of intent and applications to the Tennessee Department of Education and Memphis-Shelby County Schools using the contact information below. Please note that five (5) hard copies, and one electronic copy of the application materials must be submitted to the Memphis-Shelby County Schools Office of Charter Schools, in addition to a $2,500 application fee per school. Note: More specific information about the drop-off of application materials will be sent after Letters of Intent are received based on the pandemic and any current standards at the time.

Please submit application materials using the contact information below:

MSCS Office of Charter Schools
[email protected]
160 S. Hollywood St.
Room 138
Memphis, TN 38112

Tennessee Department of Education
[email protected]
Andrew Johnson Tower, 12th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway,
Nashville, TN 37243