Welcome, Public Charter Schools!

Newly approved public charter schools will need to notify OPI in order to begin the school-opening process. Below, find a fillable form, including a guidance document, in order to facilitate the school opening process and ensure your school receives the proper funding and programmatic support. If you are looking for the Community Choice School Page click here.

JOIN US! 

  • Community Discussion on Public Charter Schools:
    February 28, 2024 7:00 pm (Recording here)
  • OPI Webinars for new Public School Charters:  

QUESTIONS: 

School finance? Contact School Finance

Programs questions? Contact our Chief Program Officer

Assessment questions? Contact our State Assessment Director

Accreditation questions? Contact our Accreditation Team

AIM/Data questions? Contact the AIM unit

Congrats Charter School Graphic (2)

Montana Charter School Map

Billings Early College School
​Billings Multilingual Academy
Billings Opportunity School
Boulder Jefferson Academy
Bozeman Bridger Charter
Bozeman Charter School
Corvallis Distance Learning Center
Corvallis Transformational Learning Charter
East Helena 227 Academy
Frenchtown Bronc Fast Track Public Charter
Great Falls Core Elementary School
Hamilton Bitterroot Polytech
HPSD Montessori Charter School
Helena Mount Ascension Learning Academy
Helena Project for Alternative Learning Academy
Kalispell PACE Academy Charter
Kalispell Rising Wolf Charter
Missoula CONNECT Academy
Missoula TEACH Academy

 

Public Charter Schools

HB 549, recently codified as Title 20, Chapter 6, Part 8, (MCA), authorized the establishment of public charter schools in Montana and tasked the Montana Board of Public Education as authorized entity to enter into public charter contracts with a governing board. There are two types of public charter schools – those operating under an existing local school board and those operating as a new school district under a separate governing board.

Interested in opening a Public Charter School? 

Here is a link to the Board of Public Education Public Charter School  Application.  Keep watching for the Board of Public Education to re-open the Public Charter application window.  We will continue to work on keeping our page up to date with the most recent information available.  Click this link for a list of schools that have been approved so far then click Resolution to Approve to see the list. 


Helpful Information and Links

Here are direct links to the public charter school bill language and community choice school bill language, a comparison chart between HB 549 and HB 562, and a quick link to the Community Choice Schools Commission information:
Charter Bill Comparison Chart (HB 549 and HB 562)

 

 


OPI Staff are here to help:

Barb Quinn, School Finance, 406-444-3249
Kiera Moog, Family Engagement Specialist; 406-594-7135
Christy Mock-Stutz, Assistant Superintendent; 406-444-5658
Wendi Fawns, ESSER/EANS Director, 406-437-8595

Questions on an existing charter school? Contact the OPI Accreditation Unit; 406-444-2410