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The SBCUSD views charter schools as an educational alternative to the District’s offerings to the students residing within our boundaries.

In order to facilitate the charter process, listed below are the various components that must be completed to submit a charter school petition to the SBCUSD:

  • Letter of Intent signed by the lead petitioner
  • Five (5) hard copies of the petition, preferably in binders
  • Electronic copy of the petition (Flash drive, CD or email)
  • Interview with the Director of Charter Schools Operations, prior to submission of the petition

Please note that when the charter petition is submitted to the Charter School Operations Department, the petition will be placed on the Board agenda for receipt by the Board. Once it is received by the Board, a public hearing will be held within 30 days to determine the level of support for the proposed charter school. After the public hearing, the Board will then have an additional 30 days to vote its approval or denial of the charter petition.

Petitions submitted to the Board must be paginated with clearly identifiable components. The main petition will be labeled Part A; additional documents or appendices will be sequentially labeled Part B, Part C, etc. Once the charter petition has been received by the Board, revisions or additions to the petition will not be accepted. Updates on the petition’s progress or other information requested by petitioners will only be given after approval or denial of the charter petition.

Below are links to information helpful in the charter petition process:

SBCUSD Board Policy on Charters  (username: sbcusd; password: sbcusd)

Charter Schools Act of 1992:

                        General Provisions

                        Establishment of Charter Schools

                        Charter School Operation


Open Meetings – The Ralph M. Brown Act

Evaluation and Renewal Assessment Rubric

San Bernardino City Unified School District, 777 North F Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410, (909) 381-1100
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