Quality Expansion School NMCSP Subgrant Competition
The Charter School Program (CSP) grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to PED in 2017, funds subgrants to eligible charter schools that are expanding their enrollment by increasing their enrollment cap or adding new grade levels served.
As part of the grant application, the Department established the following funding goals:
Award amounts are based on the school’s proposed grade levels and proposed enrollment increase over the entire period of grant funding, but shall not exceed $900,000. Funding will be calculated using the following per pupil amounts:
|Elementary School (Grades– K-5)||Middle School (Grades–6-8)||High School (Grades– 9-12)|
Entities eligible for the Expansion NMCSP Subgrant are those that:
- are operating a high quality charter school in New Mexico, which is defined as a school that has earned grades of B or better in each of the last 3 years, does not meet TSI/CSI criteria, and has had no significant adverse audit findings or organizational non-compliance;
- intend to substantially expand the number of students served by the school by increasing the enrollment cap, increase the grade levels served, or open a new school or new school site (i.e., replicating the current school);
- have applied, through an amendment request or another process established by the authorized public chartering authority, to expand or replicate their charter school and provided adequate and timely notice to that authorized public chartering authority of the request;
- demonstrate the capacity to create a high-quality charter school – as defined in ESEA section 4303;
- are selected as the highest scoring applicants through a rigorous application and peer review process.
In the first phase, applicants submit a letter of intent to apply for a CSP subgrant. Download the Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition Letter of Intent Form/Phase I Application . The form requires the school to confirm that they are eligible for the subgrant, including that they meet the definition of a high-quality school.
The NMCSP program manager will review the school’s academic performance, financial performance, and organizational performance through documentation from the authorized public chartering authority and the appropriate PED bureaus and notify schools that meets the eligibility requirements.
Applicants meeting the eligibility requirements will:
- Complete and submit a subgrant application,
- Participate in a community input hearing, and
- Complete a school leader interview.
The application requires applicants to describe the planned activities for the term of the subgrant requested, and to provide a budget detailing anticipated expenditures. The application scoring requirements are as follows:
- No response is evaluated as “Falls Far Below the Criteria”;
- No more than 3 responses may be evaluated as “Approaches the Criteria”; and
- The applicant must earn 80% of the available points or more.
Download the Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition Phase II Application .
Download the Expansion NMCSP Subgrant Competition Phase II application appendix A the budget form.
Applicants that meet the minimum scoring requirements will be eligible for funding. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of available grants based on the funding available, the highest scoring applicants will be awarded grants.