The purpose of Year 0 is to establish and execute a plan for successful school opening. This planning year focuses on taking the applicant’s proposal as outlined in the charter application and transforming it into a school that is ready to serve students on day one.

Throughout Year 0, the founding team will be asked to meet the contract conditions and milestones outlined in the CSI Board of Director’s resolution. Founding teams will communicate regularly (via monthly phone calls, site visits, etc.) with CSI to ensure the team is making progress towards school opening readiness tasks. 


  • Year 0 begins when a founding team’s charter application is approved by the CSI Board of Directors.
  • Year 0 continues until the school opens its doors for students on the first day of school. 

Note: The Year 0 Guidebook is customized for each approved school and the template is posted below. 


Michael McManus

Authorization & Accountability Manager


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