Start a Charter School

In Louisiana, charter schools may be approved by local school boards or the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

The Louisiana Department of Education publishes on its website a set of common eligibility requirements that charter school applicants must completeĀ in order to be considered for opening a charter school in the state, along with the common charter school application. Local school boards may elect to impose additional eligibility requirements, which must be published on their websites.

Charter school applicants may submit their application to one or more authorizers.

For more information on the charter application process and relevant deadlines, please visit the Louisiana Department of Education website at

For more information on LAPCS resources for charter school developers, please fill out our new school info form.