Comprehensive School Reviews

Operating a successful charter school is a lot of work.  It can be all-consuming for the school leaders. Occasionally school leaders can become so focused on the daily tasks that it is difficult to take a step-back and look at the school with an objective perspective.  Sometimes school leaders want to find places to improve, but need an outside opinion.  The Charter Support Unit will provide this outside opinion to schools prior to completing their first contract renewal with the district.

Once we receive a request form to perform a school review, we will request several documents, such as the school’s:

  • current Policies and Procedures
  • current operating budget
  • hiring process
  • enrollment process
  • marketing materials
The CSU will review the materials, and schedule a site-visit. This site visit will last all day. We will spend time with the school’s administrator, visit classes, observe various routines during the day (such as lunch, transitions, drop-off or pick-up, etc.). We will ask that the administrator plan to spend at least three hours with the CSU staff, and then allow us to speak with others or observe.   Afterwards, a report will be written up about things that were observed that are going well, and things the school may wish to consider as they move forward towards their improving their operations.
Some of the items we may look at during our review are:
  • Board operating procedures
  • Policies and procedures
  • School budget
  • Accounting processes
  • Human resources processes
  • Payroll processes
  • Record keeping process
  • Emergency procedures review
  • ESE processes
  • ESOL processes
  • Student enrollment / FTE processes
  • Curriculum selection process
  • Daily operating procedures

If requested, we can also be available  either in person or via teleconference to discuss the results of the recommendations with the Board of Directors.

If you would like to request an assessment, please complete our “Request for a Charter School Review” form (download PDF version, download Word Version).  If you have any questions about the process, please email Curtis Fuller to discuss the possibility.  Once you complete the form you can either email it to Curtis Fuller or fax it to (727) 286-3186.