Potential Charter School Applicants

New Applicant orientation is available upon request.
Please contact Denise Sumerix, [email protected]

Quality Charter Authorizing

St. Johns County School District takes pride in being a high quality charter school authorizer. Our expectations of excellence in education are for all students in every public school. With that commitment comes a responsibility to implement a comprehensive charter application process that is consistent with all statutory requirements as well as the values, standards and expectations established by the School Board. We follow a fair, transparent process using rigorous criteria that leads to granting contracts to those who demonstrate strong capacity to establish and operate a quality charter school that meets the needs of a targeted student population.

Charter School Principles:

  1. Meet high standards of student achievement while providing parent choice
  2. Promote enhanced academic success and financial efficiency
  3. Provide parents with information regarding reading level and learning gains

Charter Schools Shall:

  1. Improve student learning and academic achievement
  2. Increase learning opportunities for all students, with emphasis on low-performing students and reading
  3. Encourage the use of innovative learning methods
  4. Require the measurement of student learning outcomes

New Charter School Applications, Contracts and Forms

The Charter School Statutes, Rules and Model Forms can be found at the link: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/charter-schools/charter-school-reference

Please utilize the forms that apply to your particular application. Forms can be found under the Charter School State Board of Education Rules heading.

Click here to view the Model Florida Charter School Application, Standard Model Charter School Application Evaluation Instrument, and Florida Standard Charter Contract.

Need help? E-mail your questions to [email protected] or [email protected]

We encourage new applicants to consider using the Fillable PDF version provided on the site above. Additional SJCSD Charter School Application Required Forms are available in the SJCSD Charter Application Addendum.


Application Process to Open a New Charter School

The charter application process is a major undertaking requiring not only a full understanding of the statutory requirements, timeline and required documents, but also the sponsor’s authorization process. Information regarding the state model application form, standard contract form, and other related information can be found in the following link. http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/charter-schools/

Letter of Intent

The applicant is requested to submit a Letter of Intent to the District prior to the application deadline. While the letter is not required by statute, it does set the stage for an efficient well-planned application process. The letter should address the following list of items in sufficient detail so that the sponsor clearly understands who is applying and the characteristics of the proposed charter.

Items a letter of intent should include for a proposed charter school:

  • Operator name
  • Contact person
  • Name of proposed school
  • Mission
  • Contact information for founding individual, organization or group
  • Contact information for the person who will serve as the application liaison with the District
  • Grade levels
  • Projected enrollment
  • Targeted student population
  • Location of proposed school — if not known, please so indicate

Application Deadline

Per HB 7069, beginning 2018, Charter school applications are due to the sponsor on February 1 of each calendar year for charter schools that intend to open approximately 18 months later at the beginning of that school year, or at a time agreed to by the applicant and the sponsor. These applications are considered “final” and are not subject to substantive revision once submitted.

St. Johns County School District will receive new charter school applications for the school year opening 2021-2022 as follows:

February 3, 2020, from 8am-4pm
St. Johns County School District Office
47 Orange Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Attention:  Ms. Denise Sumerix

To ensure a timely review, eight (8) hard copies and one searchable PDF electronic version of the application are required.

A signed receipt will be provided by Ms. Denise Sumerix (or designee) upon delivery.

Applications must be submitted on the appropriate (High Performing, Virtual or Standard) Model Florida Charter School Application form. Application forms can be found here. For an application to be considered, all appropriate portions of the application must be completed consistent with the forms instructions. The sponsor evaluates the completed applications using the Florida Model Evaluation Instrument. If an application is approved by the School Board, the sponsor and applicant will complete the Florida Standard Charter Contract which sets forth the terms and conditions for the operation of the charter school.

When submitting an application:

  • Follow the order of the Table of Contents in the model application
  • Include any SJCSD specific supplementary addendums
  • Use tabs to identify each section of the application
  • Number the pages consecutively throughout the application
  • Bind the documents in a manner that the pages can be easily unbound
  • Provide eight (8) double-sided hard copies and one searchable electronic copy of the entire application


New Applicant Training

Section 1002.33(6)(f), Florida Statutes, requires charter school applicants to participate in training after approval of an application but at least 30 calendar days before the first day of classes at the charter school. Charter school applicants are no longer required to participate in training before submitting an application. Specific information regarding the requirements and schedule can be found at:


Questions regarding any aspect of the information found on this website should be directed to:

Denise Sumerix
Director for Guidance and Programs of Choice
(904) 547-7752
[email protected]