September 2022 CSAB Highlights

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Charter Schools Board

6307 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6307  •  984-236-2700

Charter Schools Advisory Board Highlights


September 12-13, 2022

CSAB Basics

  • CSAB meetings are streamed live every month on the DPI Youtube page
  • Meeting agendas are posted to Eboard approximately a week prior to each meeting. 
  • The next regularly-scheduled CSAB meeting is October 10-11 at the DPI Building in Raleigh. 
  • CSAB member lists, previous minutes, and other information is housed on the OCS web page
  • CSAB action items are heard the following month at State Board of Education meetings. Those meeting agendas are also found on Eboard. 

September Applicant Interviews

Accelerated Applicants

The Charter Schools Advisory Board recommended three accelerated applicants to the State Board of Education for Ready To Open approval: American Leadership Monroe (Charter One), Legacy Classical Academy (American Traditional Academies) and Two Rivers Public Montessori. If approved by SBE, these three schools will open in Fall 2023 under the accelerated timeline. The CSAB unanimously voted to recommend SBE denial for Unity Global Academy. Approved accelerated applicants will go forward to the State Board of Education in November.


Standard Applicants

The Charter Schools Advisory Board heard from three standard timeline applicants in September. These applicants were seeking approval to open in Fall 2024. The CSAB narrowly recommended American Leadership Academy Garner to the State Board of Education for Ready to Open approval. Centerpoint Classical Academy (American Traditional Academies) was invited back for a Round Two interview to be held this December. The CSAB voted to recommend SBE denial for Liberty Charter Academy (American Traditional Academies). Approved standard applicants will go forward the State Board of Education in January.


All submitted 2022 charter applications are available here.



Virtual Schools Report

Ms. Ashley Baquero, who was recently named the new director of the Office of Charter Schools, provided the virtual schools report for the state's two virtual charter schools -- North Carolina Cyber Academy and North Carolina Virtual Academy.



Mr. Jay Whalen, NC ACCESS Program Administrator, and Dr. Erin Huggins with the NC State Friday Institute for Educational Innovation presented the NC ACCESS annual report. Ms. Davida Robinson  presented subgrant recommendation updates. Dr. Barbara O' Neal provided professional development updates that can be found here.

Other Business 

  • Dr. Robert Smith, Assistant State Superintendent for Innovation joined with the entire CSAB to extend a warm welcome to Ms. Ashley Baquero for being named the Director of the Office of Charter Schools after serving as interim director upon the departure of Mr. Dave Machado.
  • Ms. Jenna Cook, OCS Consultant, presented a preliminary report for the upcoming charter renewal interviews and recommendations. A total of 38 schools are up for charter renewal in Cohort 2023.
  • The 2nd Annual AIM Conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention center October 26-29. Additional information, including registration and agenda can be found here.

For questions regarding meeting logistics and agenda, please contact If your board/school has an innovative or exciting program you'd like to showcase, let us know! We are always happy to have schools present to the board.