New Mexico - Public Education Department


The Charter Schools Division supports and advances vibrant and innovative public schools of choice which are models of educational excellence and which cultivate a passion for learning and respect for the teaching profession. We envision our work cultivating communities of passionate learners and teachers who inspire educational excellence for all.
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About Us

The Charter Schools Division (CSD) is committed to ensuring that charter schools are the incubators for the most innovative and effective educational models in the public school system.  We provide technical assistance and tools to help charter schools: use nationally recognized best practices, comply with charter school and NM laws, understand and implement state and federal initiatives and programs, and evolve and expand their positive influence on students, teachers, parents, and communities in New Mexico. We use a systems approach to working with our schools including advising and supporting them on initial and renewal applications, and working with them to employ innovative practices that work.
We collaborate with other Public Education Department bureaus, local authorizers, and the state authorizer, the Public Education Commission, to promote educational innovation and excellence.
We view compliance as a minimum standard, used to springboard schools to fulfill their dreams of educating the next generation of New Mexico youth to be productive and fulfilled members of our local and global community, and to provide additional models of schooling our young citizens

About New Mexico Charter Schools

A charter school is a public school developed by one or more parents, teachers, or community members authorized by the local school board (district charter schools) or the Public Education Commission (state charter schools) to provide an alternative educational setting to parents and students in the public school system. Charter schools provide an opportunity to create new, innovative and more flexible ways of educating children.

The CSD of the NM Public Education Department is responsible for the implementation of the provisions of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to charter schools. However, the CSD's main purview is the monitoring and support of state charter schools.

State Charter School Forms
2014 Notice of Intent to Submit Charter Application Form

Recent State Charter School Activity
2014 Submitted Notices of Intent
2013 New Charter Applications
2013 Renewal Applications

If You're Interested In...
Developing a new Charter School
Renewing a Charter School
Learning About Charter School Facilities

Quick Links
2013–2014 New Mexico Charter School Directory
Public Education Commission

New Mexico Public Schools Facilities Authority (PSFA)

New Mexico Coalition of Charter Schools
New Mexico School Board Association
National Association of Charter School Authorizers
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
National Charter School Resource Center
National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Government

Reports on Charter Schools
New Mexico Charter Schools Annual Report
August 27, 2013 — Charter Schools a Good Option
Charter schools make gains according to 26 state study
Rethinking High School: Five Profiles of Innovative Models for Student Success
Innovative School Models and Resolve Revisited



If you need information that is not available on the website, contact Linda Olivas, Options for Parents Division, at (505) 827-6909 or Contact Us at Charter School Division, New Mexico Department of Public Education, 300 Don Gaspar Ave, Rm 301, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has taken steps to protect the privacy of those involved in the Charter School Renewal process, when appropriate and applicable. Best efforts are made to ensure that all materials published on this site are correct. However, we do not guarantee that all the materials published will be completely free from errors and/or private information'

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