St. James Parish School Board 2018 District Charter School Application Process
for Schools Opening in the 2019-20 School Year or Beyond

Forms and Information Needed for Submission of a Type 1 or Type 3 Charter School Proposal

In compliance with R.S. 17:3982, the St. James Parish School Board is making public through our website, and in printed form upon request, the guidelines for submitting a charter proposal, all forms required for submission of a charter proposal, the timelines established for accepting and reviewing charter proposals, the process that will be used to review charter proposals submitted to the board, and the name and contact information for a primary point of contact for charter proposals.

I. Charter School Application

Applicants must complete a Letter of Intent bFebruary 9. 

Applicants should complete the  Common Charter School Application found

The common application requires applicants to complete five documents – a charter proposal written in response to the questions posed in the common application,  a finances template, an eligibility form, background check form and an overview template (New Operator or Experienced Operator).  Links to the latter four documents are embedded within the common charter application.

II. Charter School Process Schedule

  • January 12, 2018: District Releases Charter Application
  • March 2, 2018: Applications due

Applicants should email the five required sets of documents to

  • June 8, 2018: Deadline for School Board to make decision to approve or deny charter applications

III. Charter Application Review Process

All charter applications will be reviewed by an independent evaluator with educational, organizational, legal, and financial expertise.  Applicants will have the opportunity to provide to the evaluator a written response to the independent evaluation of their charter application before the evaluator provides a final recommendation to St. James Parish School Board.

IV. Charter School Contact Information

Individuals or organizations with questions about the district's charter application process should contact:

Rhonda Lee, Supervisor

V.  Detailed Timeline for Charter Applicants to St. James Parish



 February 9

Letter of Intent - Must be submitted by email to Rhonda Lee ( by 3:00 pm.

March 2

Charter applications are due by 3:00 pm. Applicants must submit the five  components by email to Rhonda Lee ( in a PDF file:

 March 6

An electronic copy of the completed Charter School Application will be posted on the district’s Charter School website.

March 6 – April 6

Application reviewed by third party evaluator.

April 9

Third party evaluator provides district with feedback/recommendations.

April 10

The District provides applicant with a draft recommendation from the third-party evaluator in addition to detailed feedback from the evaluator.

April 23

Applicants submit the following to Rhonda Lee ( in digital format (PDF):

  • A revised 
  • An amendment and / or response to the evaluator’s draft recommendation, directed to the evaluator. See Amendment/Response Guidelines for more details. PLEASE DISREGARD THE DATES IN THE DOCUMENT.

If nothing in the overview template has changed since March 2th, applicants may re-submit the original overview template.

April 23-30

Third Party Evaluators review clarifications.

May 1

The District provides applicants with the official recommendation from the third-party evaluator.

May 8

The official recommendation from the third-party evaluator is presented to the St. James Parish School Board as an AR (Administrative Report).
Public Hearing prior to Board Meeting.

June 8,2018

The St. James Parish School Board will make the decision to approve or deny the applicants’ application.

Posted January 11, 2018

March 6, 2015 - Greater Grace Charter Academy Application
Finance Templet