Applicant Resources

Last Revised: October 19, 2015


This page is intended to provide certain resources that may assist applicants in planning a charter school and writing a successful application.  Importantly, this is not a definitive or comprehensive collection of the relevant authorities or resources that may be needed or helpful for an application.  Check back for periodic updates.


An applicant should read through the entire Request for Proposals ("RFP") document, listen to and review the materials from any orientation sessions the Commission provided to prospective applicants, and read through the Q&A document.  These materials are available by clicking the buttons below.





Legal References and Resources

The Resources and References page contains many legal references.  The most pertinent to applicants are:



Not all Board of Education ("BOE") policies apply to charter schools, but the application explicity names the following policies:



The Resources and References page also contains information relating to collective bargaining, including selected sections from the master collective bargaining agreements.


School Policies and Procedures Guidance

The Schools Policies and Procedures page provides guidance to charters developing policies in the following areas:



Statute (HRS Section 302D-34) sets the board policy for Admissions and Enrollment Policies, and the Commission has additional guidance on its Admissions and Enrollment page.


Academic Framework References

Charter schools are subject to the Common Core State Standards.  For more information, see:



Charter Schools are also subject to the Strive HI Performance System.  For more information, see:



Special Education and Other Special Populations References and Resources

In addition to HRS Section 302D-30, here is some other guidance related to special education:



Here are some resources on English Language Learners:



Virtual and Blended Learning Resources

The 2015-2016 RFP defines a Virtual Learning Program as "a program that uses an online learning model with students typically receiving fewer than five hours per week of face-to-face instruction" and a Blended Learning Program as "a program that combines an online learning model with face-to-face instruction in a manner such that the online learning activities enhances and/or transforms the instructional model."  Online Learning is defined as "a form of distance education that uses the Internet and computer technologies to connect teachers and students and deliver curriculum."


Here are some resources related to virtual and blended learning:



Education Service Provider Resources

Information on evaluating the financial and organizational capacity of an education contractor (subject-specific curriculum developers, Education Service Providers, etc.) is provided in the following publication from the American Institutes for Research and The Finance Project: Choosing an Education Contractor: A Guide to Assessing Financial and Organizational Capacity.


Other Useful Links

Here are some other links applicants may find useful:


  • Emergency School Planning:  Information for school leaders on emergency planning, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Hawaii Public Charter School Network:  The Network offers services to prospective applicants in developing charter applications.  For more information, contact the Network at (808) 380-6403 or or visit its website.

  • National Alliance for Public Charter Schools:  The National Alliance is a national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement.  The National Alliance promotes the growth of high-quality charter schools through various means, including conducting research and producing reports and guidance.  Here are some publications from the National Alliance that may prove useful.

  • National Charter School Resource Center:  A national center to provide on-demand resources, information, and technical assistance to support successful planning, authorizing, implementation, and sustainability of high-quality charter schools; to share evaluations on the effects of charter schools; and to disseminate information about successful practices in charter schools.  The Resource Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

​State Public Charter School Commission


1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1100

Honolulu, HI 96813

Tel: 808-586-3775

Fax: 808-586-3776

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* The Commission gratefully acknowledges  former Commissioner, Dr. Peter Hanohano, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the translation of the Commission’s name.

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