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Countywide Charter School Process

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Assembly Bill 1505 prohibits the establishment of new nonclassroom-based charter schools between January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2025


A charter petition may be submitted directly to the Orange County Board of Education (OCBE) for a charter school that operates at one or more sites within the geographic boundaries of the county, and offers instructional services not generally provided by a county office of education.  OCBE may only approve a countywide charter school if it finds, in addition to other requirements, that the educational services provided by the charter school will serve a pupil population that will benefit from those services and cannot be served as well by a charter school operating in only one school district in the county.  ​

The Charter Schools Unit is responsible for facilitating the charter school petition sub​mission​ and review process by:

  1. ​​​​Organizi​​ng a multi-disciplinary team to review the charter petition

  2. Providing recommendations, including recommended findings, to the Orange County Board of Education

  3. ​Answering questions petitioners may have regarding the appeal process ​

​The links below offer in​​​formation on the countywide charter school petition process.


Countywide Charter School Petition Submission Process​​​

Countywide Charter School Petitioner Certification​ ​

Charter School Petition Intake Form

Countywide Charter School Petition Evaluation

​Last reviewed: January 2023