2018 Request for Proposal to Open a New School 

At Chicago Public Schools (CPS), our vision is that every student in every neighborhood will be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program and will graduate prepared for success in college, career, and life. This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to identify high quality school options that will accelerate academic outcomes for their targeted CPS student population.

As the local school district in Chicago, CPS serves as the charter authorizer for the city. The Illinois Charter School Law requires the review of all charter school proposals submitted to Illinois school districts. CPS releases an annual request for proposals designed to review new school applications, provides recommendations to the Chicago Board of Education on new school proposals, and provides oversight to authorized charter schools. CPS uses this RFP as its mechanism to accept proposals and meet the Illinois statutory requirement. The Office of Innovation and Incubation (I&I) is the office within CPS that oversees charter school authorization and oversight for the district.

CPS is the nation’s third largest school district and a national leading charter authorizer, implementing all 12 essential practices established by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers as critical to fostering high-performing charter schools. Currently, I&I oversees a portfolio of 142 charter, contract, and options schools, and serves approximately 63,000 students citywide.

Among the portfolio of CPS-authorized schools are several diverse and innovative school models, blending technology with individualized instruction, dual-language programs, pre-professional training in the arts, and International Baccalaureate Programmes, among many others.

The 2018 Request for Proposals

This RFP will prioritize proposals seeking to serve communities in high need of improving educational outcomes and communities experiencing school overcrowding. CPS will consider proposals from operators who seek to open charter or contract schools to serve either a "traditional" student population (grades kindergarten through 12) or an "alternative" student population of students who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out.

The information, forms, and support tools needed to complete this application can be found in the three tabs on this site:

  • Timeline - This tab provides a timeline of the RFP process.
  • New Operator Application - This tab provides the Application for Operators New to Chicago and includes the accompanying materials required to develop and submit a proposal.
  • Existing Operator Application - This tab provides the Application for Existing Chicago Operators and the accompanying materials required to develop and submit a proposal.

CPS will host a webinar for applicants in February 2018. We encourage all applicants to participate, and will provide information to sign up when an exact date is set.

Please contact 773-553-1530 or iandiauthorization@cps.edu with any additional questions.

 

Request For Proposal Process Timeline 2018

Each stage of the proposal submission and evaluation process is included in the timeline below. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Activity Proposed Date Information and Updates
RFP Released December 29, 2017  
Overview Webinar for Applicants   Available in February 2018
Office Hours with Applicants   If you have specific questions about the RFP, please email iandiauthorization@cps.edu with a list of the questions or request to schedule a consultation.
Applicant Intent to Apply Form Due February 23, 2018 Due by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu by 5 p.m.
Tier I Application May 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Publicly Post Tier I Proposals Summer 2018  
Tier II Application Due August 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Tier III Application Due October 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Public Hearing at CPS Central Office TBD 42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL
CPS Board Meeting December 2018  

I&I reserves the right to request additional information and documentation from applicants, as deemed necessary for review, and to amend this timeline as needed.

New Operator Application and Support Material

This page includes all materials required to develop and submit a proposal if the applicant applying would be a New Operator in Chicago.

Applicant Forms and Resource Documents

Intent to Apply Form – All applicants must submit by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu on February 23, 2018 by 5 p.m.

2018 CPS New Schools Request for Proposals

2018 New Schools RFP for Operators New to ChicagoApplication to open new charter or contract schools

Helpful Links and Documents

  • 2018 New Schools RFP Evaluation Form: New to ChicagoCriteria to evaluate the quality of proposals for applicants who are new to Chicago
  • 2018 Resource Guide – Guidance that all operators should review when developing their proposals (Available January 2018)
  • 2018 New Schools Request for Proposals (RFP) Webinar Recording (Available February 2018)
  • 2018 New Schools Request for Proposals (RFP) Webinar PowerPoint (Available February 2018)
  • Appendix 1 – Additional Questions for Blended Learning Model Applicants –– These questions must be completed by applicants proposing a Blended Learning Model, and incorporated into their application.
  • Completeness Checklist (Tier I)
  • Completeness Checklist (Tier II)
  • Completeness Checklist (Tier III)

Domain 1: Community Engagement and Support

Section 1.2 Facilities

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 2: Academic Plan

Section 2.5: Diverse Learners

Section 2.6: Annual Calendar

Section 2.10: Design Team Experience and Capacity

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 3: Financial Plan

Section 3.1 School Budget

  • RFP Budget Template (Available February 2018)

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 4: Operational Plan

Section 4.4: Governance

Helpful Documents and Links

Domain 5: Business Plan

Section 5.3.1: Operational Capacity

Helpful General Documents and Links

 

Existing Operator Application and Support Material

This page provides materials required to develop and submit a proposal for applicants that are already an operator in Chicago.

Applicant Forms and Resource Documents

Intent to Apply Form – All applicants must submit by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu on February 23, 2018 by 5 p.m.

2018 CPS New Schools Request for Proposals

2018 New Schools RFP for Existing Chicago Operators – Application only for operators who currently manage schools in Chicago

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 1: Community Engagement and Support

Section 1.2 Facilities

Helpful Documents

Domain 2: Academic Plan

Section 2.5: Diverse Learners

Section 2.6: Annual Calendar

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 3: Business Plan

Section 3.3: Operational Capacity

Section 3.4: Financial Soundness

  • RFP Budget Template (Available February 2018)

Helpful Documents

Helpful General Documents and Links

 

Request For Proposal Process Timeline 2018

Each stage of the proposal submission and evaluation process is included in the timeline below. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Activity Proposed Date Information and Updates
RFP Released December 29, 2017  
Overview Webinar for Applicants   Available in February 2018
Office Hours with Applicants   If you have specific questions about the RFP, please email iandiauthorization@cps.edu with a list of the questions or request to schedule a consultation.
Applicant Intent to Apply Form Due February 23, 2018 Due by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu by 5 p.m.
Tier I Application May 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Publicly Post Tier I Proposals Summer 2018  
Tier II Application Due August 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Tier III Application Due October 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Public Hearing at CPS Central Office TBD 42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL
CPS Board Meeting at CPS Central Office December 2018 42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL

I&I reserves the right to request additional information and documentation from applicants, as deemed necessary for review, and to amend this timeline as needed.

New Operator Application and Support Material

This page includes all materials required to develop and submit a proposal if the applicant applying would be a New Operator in Chicago.

Applicant Forms and Resource Documents

Intent to Apply Form – All applicants must submit by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu on February 23, 2018 by 5 p.m.

2018 CPS New Schools Request for Proposals

2018 New Schools RFP for Operators New to Chicago – Application to open new charter or contract schools

Helpful Links and Documents

  • 2018 New Schools RFP Evaluation Form: New to Chicago – Criteria to evaluate the quality of proposals for applicants who are new to Chicago
  • 2018 Resource Guide – Guidance that all operators should review when developing their proposals (Available January 2018)
  • 2018 New Schools Request for Proposals (RFP) Webinar Recording (Available February 2018)
  • 2018 New Schools Request for Proposals (RFP) Webinar PowerPoint (Available February 2018)
  • Appendix 1 – Additional Questions for Blended Learning Model Applicants –– These questions must be completed by applicants proposing a Blended Learning Model, and incorporated into their application.
  • Completeness Checklist (Tier I)
  • Completeness Checklist (Tier II)
  • Completeness Checklist (Tier III)

Domain 1: Community Engagement and Support

Section 1.2 Facilities

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 2: Academic Plan

Section 2.5: Diverse Learners

Section 2.6: Annual Calendar

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 3: Financial Plan

Section 3.1 School Budget

  • RFP Budget Template (Available February 2018)

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 4: Operational Plan

Section 4.4: Governance

Helpful Documents and Links

Domain 5: Business Plan

Section 5.3.1: Operational Capacity

Helpful General Documents and Links

 

Existing Operator Application and Support Material

This page provides materials required to develop and submit a proposal for applicants that are already an operator in Chicago.

Applicant Forms and Resource Documents

Intent to Apply Form – All applicants must submit by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu on February 23, 2018 by 5 p.m.

2018 CPS New Schools Request for Proposals

2018 New Schools RFP for Existing Chicago Operators – Application only for operators who currently manage schools in Chicago

Helpful Links and Documents

  • 2018 New Schools RFP Evaluation Form: Existing Chicago Operators – Criteria to evaluate the quality of proposals submitted by existing Chicago operators
  • 2018 Resource Guide – Guidance that all operators should review when developing their proposals (Available January 2018)
  • 2018 RFP Completeness Check Form: Existing Chicago Operators
  • 2018 New Schools Request for Proposals (RFP) Webinar Recording (Available February 2018)
  • 2018 New Schools Request for Proposals (RFP) Webinar PowerPoint (Available February 2018)
  • Completeness Checklist (Tier I)
  • Completeness Checklist (Tier II)
  • Completeness Checklist (Tier III)

Domain 1: Community Engagement and Support

Section 1.2 Facilities

Helpful Documents

Domain 2: Academic Plan

Section 2.5: Diverse Learners

Section 2.6: Annual Calendar

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 3: Business Plan

Section 3.3: Operational Capacity

Section 3.4: Financial Soundness

  • RFP Budget Template (Available February 2018)

Helpful Documents

Helpful General Documents and Links

 

Page Last Modified on Friday, December 29, 2017