The ASD has a strong desire to see qualified charter applicants succeed in the proposal process.  The following resources have been assembled to:

(a)   Ensure that applicants recognize the choice option they are most qualified to provide; and

(b)   Provide applicants with information and guidance that may be helpful in putting together a successful proposal.

It is recommended that applicants review these external resources before proceeding with the charter application process. Click links in the left column to view resource pages and/or download files.

Includes multiple resources about starting a charter school, completing charter applications, Tennessee state law, etc.

Note: The charter application posted on the state website is different than the ASD’s Request for Proposals and does not need to be completed for ASD authorization

Lists the rules and regulations that govern charter schools

Provides education leaders the tools, training, and support to transform Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools into the next generation of great charter schools in Tennessee

TCSC ASD Charter 101 Deck

(Download–1.59 MB)

Presentation from Memphis School Operator Cultivation Session, courtesy of the Tennessee Charter School Center

Presentation from Memphis School Operator Cultivation Session

Provides context on the ASD and the timeline of the 2015 authorization process

Provides context on the ASD and the timeline of the 2015 authorization process

2015 Neighborhood RFP

(Download–814 KB)

Neighborhood schools request for proposals from fifth round of ASD charter authorization cycle

2015 Neighborhood RFP Rubric

(Download–1,022 KB)

Evaluator rubric used to rate alternative programs requests for proposals received during fifth round of ASD authorization process

This proposal is offered as an exemplar; all proposals submitted to the ASD should reflect each applicants original ideas and school model

ASD Special Education Guidance

(Download–567 KB)

Outlines considerations for developing a plan to provide quality special education services

Local school district that also authorizes charter partners to operate in Davidson County

Local school district that also authorizes charter partners to operate in Shelby County

ASD Policies