Today's Choice for Tomorrow's Future

Charter Schools

In Florida, charter schools are public schools within the school district.  There are two types of charter schools, as provided for in Florida statute:

  • Start Up Charter Schools – Start up charter schools are educational institutions that did not exist prior to being granted charter school status. These brand new schools are often started by non-profit organizations comprised of parents, community members, business partners, etc.  These schools may offer a specialized curriculum or serve a specific student population such as at-risk or special needs students.
  • Conversion Charter Schools – A conversion charter school is an existing public school that converts to a charter school status following the statutory process.

Parents interested in information about a charter school may contact the school or visit the school's web site.  The selection and enrollment of students in charter schools is governed by Florida statute and all federal and state law prohibiting discrimination based on the student’s race, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital status or parental status.

 More information about charter schools in Florida may be obtained from the Florida Department of Education School Choice/Charter School website.




Charter Office
512 South Palm Avenue
Howey in the Hills, Florida 34737



***Charter Applicant Orientation Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 2020.  This will be a virtual meeting.  To register for the meeting, please contact Choice, Charter and Community Education at 352-253-6785.
***A Letter of Intent should be submitted to the Charter Office declaring the intent to submit a charter school application for the February 1, 2021, deadline no later than January 1, 2021. Please include the intended name of the school, program, grade levels, and the location, if known. Please forward the letter to Julie Summerlin, Administrative Coordinator of Choice, Charter and Community Education, at
***New Charter Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021, for those charter applicants applying to open a charter school in eighteen (18) months.  For more details.

Charter Applicants should be aware that the State Board of Education approved a new Model Charter Application form on November 15, 2019.  This application format will be required for all new charter applications and can be found on the Florida Department of Education website under School Choice/Statutes, Rules & Model Forms.