CharterStart is a comprehensive and targeted training program offering strategic, technical and hands-on assistance to those interested in starting high quality charter schools in Missouri.  More specifically, CharterStart supports potential charter school founders as they move through the application process (specific to the laws and rules of Missouri) and works to ensure that before any application is submitted to a potential Sponsor and the State it is aligned with the MCPSA Quality Standards for Charter Schools and complete allowing MCPSA to provide a Letter of Readiness.  The MCPSA Letter of Readiness provides assurance to any potential Sponsor that the application is one of quality and the capacity exists for the founding group to open, operate, and sustain a high quality school.  CharterStart is designed to support and guide participants at all stages from conception through opening.

 Phase 1 – Application Development through Approval (10-12 months)

Phase 2 – Approval through Opening (6-12 months)

Letter of Application Readiness

Fee:  $7,000 payable in 2 installments ($3,500 due with contract, $3,500 due on contract anniversary)


“MCPSA’s CharterStart program was a tremendous resource to us as we worked through drafting our application,  securing a sponsor and obtaining authorization from DESE.  The seminars were very informative, the school leader networking extensive and encouraging, and the consulting invaluable.  I don’t see how we could have opened Lafayette Prep without MCPSA there to guide us through the charter application process.”

Shane Dugan, Board President, Lafayette Preparatory Academy


“Rise Together is very happy with the work MCPSA has provided through CharterStart and very thankful for their support.”

Worku Geremew, Rise Together Charter School

“EAGLE College Preparatory School is gratefully for all the support and guidance provided through MCPSA’s CharterStart. Dr. Thaman and his team provided timely information and continual support throughout our startup year. Their partnership was a key factor to our successful school start.   Moreover, the planning and leadership meetings provided the opportunity to build valuable relationships and network with other charter school leaders.”

 Matt Hoehner, Educational Enterprises, Inc. Regional Executive Director, St. Louis