National University




CSX1802X Starting and Sustaining a Charter School

Lead Faculty: Dr. Donna Elder

Course Description

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to investigate all required facets of starting and sustaining a public charter school in California. Students will cover five key components of establishing and sustaining a charter school; legislation/ regulations, exploring the community, application process, and preparing to open and operations of a charter school.

Length: four weeks

Cost: $525

Learning Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Charter law/legislation as set in the California Education Code.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the timelines of developing, implementing and re-certification of a charter school
  • Prepare a charter school implementation timeline including, but not limited to, such key components as
  1. Community Assessment (awareness)
  2. Visitations to other charters
  3. Budget building
  4. Writing of petition
  5. Petition submission to local and state authorities
  6. Implementation plan
  • Articulate knowledge of the 17 components of a charter school petition
  • Identify and navigate the internet resources regarding Charter Schools including the California Department of Education, the United States Department of Education and the California Charter Schools Association
  • Create methods of inclusion for all stakeholders
  • Research and write a draft summary of a proposed California Charter School petition

Course Information