Application Process

Overview-The application cycle is now closed.  

During each application cycle, the Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC (GSCA)  accepts applications from all types of applicants, including:

  • New Operators seeking to launch one new charter school
  • Experienced Operators seeking to launch one or more charter schools
  • Existing Indiana charter schools seeking to switch authorizers

The GCOC defines “New Operators” as those applicants who have not previously operated a charter school and who do not intend to contract with an Education Service Provider (ESP) to oversee school operations. “Experienced Operators” are defined as either: (a) applicants that have previously operated a charter school or managed a network of charter schools; or (b) applicants that have not previously operated a charter school, but intend to contract with an ESP. Per IC § 20-24-1-6.1. ESP is defined as a "for profit education management organization, nonprofit charter management organization, school design provider, or any other partner entity with which a charter school intends to contract for educational design, implementation, or comprehensive management." Experienced Operators led by experienced Boards may apply for one or more charters.  


Step 1: Letter of Intent

All applicants seeking to submit a proposal to the GSCA are first required to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) indicating their interest in applying to the GSCA. Only those applicants that meet the LOI deadline are eligible to submit a Full Proposal. Please note that submission of the LOI does not obligate the applicant to submit a Prospectus or Full Proposal.

The Letters of Intent must be submitted to charterschools@grace.edu by the deadlines for each application cycle. Please refer to Charter School Application Deadlines towards the bottom of the page for relevant dates.

Letter of Intent – New Operators

Letter of Intent – Experienced Operators


Step 2: Request for Prospectus

Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC will send a request for Prospectus. This gives the GSCA a brief overview of the proposed school. If GSCA deems the proposal viable for the community in which the charter is proposed and based on the GSCA capacity, the GSCA will make recommendations for Full Proposal or notify the organizer the reasons for denial at this time.

2016 Prospectus


Step 3: Full Proposal for schools 

Applicants that meet the LOI deadline may be eligible to submit a Full Proposal. During each application cycle, the Full Proposal should be submitted to the GSCA no later than the established deadline. Please note that failure to submit a timely or complete proposal may serve as grounds to reject the proposal. Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC is currently NOT accepting new applications.

Charter School Full Proposal for Experienced Operators

Charter School Full Proposal for New Operators


Step 4: Evaluation Reviews and Interviews

Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC (GSCA) evaluates all proposals for a capacity of plan, educational plan, and business plan. The review process for Full Proposals includes: (1) a review by GSCA staff,/committee external experts, and legal counsel; (2) interviews with GSCA staff/committee; (3) regional public hearings; (4) a time range for open written comments; and (5) recommendation.


Step 5: Authorizing Charter Board Decisions 

The Grace College Charter Review Committee will submit qualifying recommendations to the Senior Leadership then to the Board of Trustees based on determinations from the GSCA staff, evaluation teams and any additional information considered by Grace College.


Application Deadlines-Sample of dates

Step 1 – Letter of Intent

A Letter of Intent must be submitted to Grace College.

Step 2 – Request for Prospectus

Grace Schools Charter Authority, LLC will send a request for Prospectus. This Prospectus gives the GSCA a brief overview of the proposed school. Based on this Prospectus, the GSCA will either make a recommendation for full proposal or notify the organizer the reasons for denial at this time.

Step 3 – Full Proposal  (2-week window)

GSCA accepts proposals for the next fall 

Step 4 – Interviews and Public Hearings

Grace will review applications, conduct interviews, hold public hearings, and accept public comments.

Step 5 – Grace College Authorizing Charter Decision(s)will be made within 75 days upon receipt of application.

Decisions at this time will allow proposed charter schools to file the appropriate paperwork with the state.


Charter Review Committee

  • Vice President of Administration and Compliance
  • Vice President of Financial Affairs
  • Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Executive Officer of Academic Affairs

Grace College Senior Leadership

  • President
  • Special Assistant to the President
  • Vice President of Financial Affairs
  • Vice President for Advancement
  • Vice President and Dean of the Seminary and School of Ministry Studies
  • Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Vice President for Academic and Student Services
  • Vice President of Administration and Compliance

Board of Trustees

  • William Burke, Chairman
  • Robert Vitoux, Vice Chair
  • Janet Minnix, Secretary
  • Daniel Allan
  • Robert Bishop
  • John Carini
  • Kip Cone
  • James Custer
  • Greg Dosmann
  • Kevan Johnston
  • Lamarr Lark
  • Phyllis Marwah
  • John McIntosh
  • Mark Miller
  • Stephen Miller
  • Loren Neuenschwander
  • Daniel Renner
  • Scott Silveus
  • John F. Smith
  • Letitia Williams
  • Michael Yoder
  • Nathan Zakahi
  • Janine Zeltwanger

Link to full document here.