Colorado League of Charter Schools

A nonprofit organization

The Colorado League of Charter Schools offers direction and assistance to groups looking to start a new charter public school or replicate a successful charter public school model. The League provides a variety of services for growth, expansion and advocacy for high-quality charter schools.


"What charter schools have done is dramatically expand the choices that consumers - our citizens - get to use so that there are all kinds of different types of schools - longer school days, more intensive language study, science and technology focus…we're giving our citizens more choice than they could ever have imagined 20 years ago."
-Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper

"I'm not sure where we would be as an individual school or as a charter movement as a whole without the assistance of the League."
-Diane Borre, Business Manager, Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, Colorado Springs

"The Colorado League of Charter Schools' planning grants provide an essential launchpad for the school founding process. To date, Academy 360 has received 3 planning grants from the League. With these grants, we were able to conduct a grassroots community engagement campaign to promote awareness and support for the proposed school model. Academy 360 deeply appreciates the support of the League in our mutual efforts to increase access to an excellent education for socioeconomically disadvantaged regions of Denver."
-Sally Sorte, Founder & Executive Director, Academy 360, Denver

"This school had to fight not once, but through two court battles to earn its right to exist, and the League was with us every step of the way for that."
-Kathyrn Brady, Former Director, Crestone Charter School, Crestone



The vision of the Colorado League of Charter Schools is for all Colorado students to have access to high-quality, publicly-funded school options.


The mission of the Colorado League of Charter Schools is to improve student achievement by supporting Colorado's charter public schools, positively reshaping the public school landscape, and advancing opportunities for innovation and expanded high-quality public school choice.

Background Statement

Charter public schools are tuition-free, public schools that have the flexibility to be more innovative and are held accountable for student achievement.


The Colorado Charter Schools Act passed in 1993, and within months, the state's first two charter public schools opened their doors: Academy Charter School in Castle Rock and The Connect School in Pueblo.

In 1994, the Colorado League of Charter Schools (the League) was founded to provide advocacy and support services to the fast growing charter public school community.

Over the years, the League has helped create one of the nation's strongest charter public school laws, paving the way for continued growth and evolution of Colorado's charter public school sector. The League has also played a critical role in molding the climate for new charter public schools, and shaping the overall operating environment for charter public schools in operation.

The League's work to shape charter school policy has carried over to the state's public school landscape as well.

Today, the League offers an array of services designed to support Colorado's charter public schools from the moment they first open their doors and throughout every stage of their life cycle.

Organization Data


Organization name

Colorado League of Charter Schools

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Organization Size

Large Organization


6001 West 16th Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80214

Service areas

Jefferson County, CO, US



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