RFP/Application Cycle Timeline for Fall 2015 School Opening

June 11, 2014 - Commission issues RFP/application

June 18, 2014, 10 a.m. - Information session for interested operators - Read the Notes from the meeting

June 25, 2014 - Due date - Letter of Intent to apply  - See who filed by the deadline

August 25, 2014 - Due date – Applications - See who filed by the deadline

August 29, 2014 - By this date, each application will receive a completeness review by the MCSC staff. 

Each application must be evaluated by a review team composed of not more than three commission members. 

Review Team Interviews -  As the Maine Charter School Commission reviews the three applications submitted to the Commission August 25 for the 2015 school year, each Review Team will be holding an interview with their applicant.  These interviews are open to the public.  These interviews give the Review Team and the Applicant an opportunity to clarify any questions the Team may have in evaluating the application.  All interviews will be held at the Burton Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta.

September 26, 2014 - 9:30 a.m., Room 600

  • Acadia Academy; Lewiston-Auburn; Grades Pre-K - 1, growing to Grade 6


October 1, 2014 - 10:00 a.m., Room 541

  • Inspire ME Academy; York County; Grades 4 - 6, growing to Grade 8


October 3, 2014 - 9:30 a.m., Room 103B

  • Maine Virtual Academy; statewide; Grades 7 - 12

Oct. 15, 2014 (Date Change) - For each application, following receipt of the Review Teams’ recommendation, the commission shall determine whether the application appears to demonstrate the applicant’s competence in each element of the commission’s published criteria and appears to demonstrate that the applicant is likely to open and operate a successful public charter school.

If the commission determines the application does not meet the criteria, the commission shall deny the application without further review and notify the applicant.

Otherwise, the commission shall arrange for an in-person interview and a public hearing on the application before taking a final vote on the application.

Oct. 27, 2014 - Maine Virtual Academy; In-person Interview - 10:00 - 11:15 a.m./Public Hearing 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Central Maine Community College, 1250 Turner Street, Auburn, ME; Room J-314

Nov. 13, 2014 - Commission will make a final vote on each application pending before the commission.