Charter Schools

  • Charter schools are public schools providing instruction in any grade between TK–12. They are created or organized by teachers, parents, community leaders or a community-based organization. All charter schools are authorized by a local school district, a county office of education, or the State Board of Education.

    The Santa Barbara County Board of Education has two roles related to charter schools:

    1. To consider petitions for the establishment of county-wide charter schools under Education Code section 47605.5 and 47605.6.

    2. To consider petitions submitted on appeal that have been denied by a school district board.

    The Charter Petition Handbook and Charter Petition Checklist provide guidance on the establishment of a county-wide charter school or an appeal to the County Board.