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    • Potential Charter School Applicants

    ​​Individuals or groups wishing to discuss their potential charter school can schedule an appointment with Volusia County's Charter School Manager, Dr. McPherson.​

    To schedule an appointment, please email Dr. McPherson at, or call 386-734-7190, ext. 20694.  Face to face appointments are preferred; however, other arrangements can be made if necessary.  Please bring specific questions related to your school, and be prepared to share your ideas and vision of the school as well. 

    Prior to your appointment, read and review the Florida Model Charter School Application available below as this is the foundation upon which our conversation will develop.

    Applicants interested in submitting a charter school application to Volusia County Schools may submit their application to Dr. McPherson no later than August 1, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.​  Please bring one hard copy (in a binder with labeled section dividers) and one digital copy (preferably on a thumb drive designated for this purpose) to the office located in the Brewster Center (Archives and Records) at 200 N. Clara Avenue, DeLand, FL 32721.  

    Should you need additional details or have specific questions, please email Dr. McPherson at​; thank you!

    Model Florida Charter School Application:

    Model Florida Charter School Evaluation Instrument:

    Model Florida Virtual Charter School Application:

    Model Florida Virtual Charter School Evaluation Instrument:​


    The School Board of Volusia County, Florida, pursuant to Florida Statutes 1002.33, 1001.41, establishes charter schools for the following purposes:

    To improve student learning and academic achievement; to increase learning opportunities for all students with special emphasis on low-performing students and reading; to encourage the use of innovative learning methods; to increase choices of learning opportunities for students; to establish a new form of accountability for schools; to require the measurement of learning outcomes and create innovative measurement tools; and to create new professional opportunities for teachers.

    Charter Schools in Florida shall be guided by the following principles:

    Meet high standards of student achievement while providing parents flexibility to choose among diverse educational opportunities within the state's public school system; promote enhanced academic success and financial efficiency by aligning responsibility with accountability; provide parents with sufficient information on whether their child is reading at grade level and whether the child gains at least a year's worth of learning for every year spent in the charter school. Charter schools are fully recognized as public schools.

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