• It's about great public schools.

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    Carol F. Reich 1935-2019, Charter Center co-founder, educator and philanthropist. She helped pioneer the charter school movement in NYC.

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    Lift the Cap on NYC Charters!

    52,700 children on waitlists and 24 applications for only 7 available charters in NYC means the arbitrary cap on charter schools must be lifted in order to meet parent demand in NYC. Lift the cap!

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    Happy Anniversary!

    Charter schools have revolutionized New York City’s educational landscape. To celebrate 20 years of service, hear from the students, educators and community leaders who make it all possible.

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    Apply to NYC Charter Schools

    With the Charter Center’s Common Online Charter School Application, you can easily find and apply to multiple charter schools in NYC!

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    The New York City Charter School Center

    helps new charter schools get started, supports existing schools and builds community support so that highly effective schools can flourish.
    236

    charter schools in NYC

    52700

    students on charter school wait lists

    81%

    of charter school students are economically disadvantaged

    • Search current job listings at New York City charter schools and charter organizations.

    • With an intense focus on developing stronger applications for NYS authorization, our Apply Right program will help your planning team get your school vision off the ground.

    • Discover what goes on inside NYC’s public charter schools. Our videos and pictures introduce you to school leaders and charter parents as well as provide insights on school culture and community engagement.

    • Our Online Resource Library offers exemplars, trainings, guides, templates and more to support best practices within public charter schools.

    • The Charter Center sets the record straight on NYC charter schools. Learn more about charter school achievement, demographics, facilities and more.

    • Opening a school is a complex process. Our programs and supports help guide you through the maze of operations requirements, including human resources, finances, student enrollment and more.

    123,000

    charter school students in all 5 boroughs