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Replicating Quality Schools


It has become clear to charter supporters across the country: The best and most immediate way in which to increase quality educational options for students is by supporting the replication of established, high performing charter schools.

The Charter Center’s Replicating Quality Schools program, now offered nationally, ensures that operators looking to replicate do so thoughtfully and strategically, rather than opportunistically.


Replicating Quality Schools (RQS) is the first program of its kind in the country, offering thought-partnership and training for charter schools and networks in the early stages of replication. The rigorous program provides technical supports, exemplars, mentorships, and intensive hands-on workshops delivered by nationally-recognized growth and replica¬tion experts on topics such as:

  • Designing organizational and legal structures
  • Building network-wide organizational culture
  • Keys to replicating academic programs and core instructional delivery elements with authenticity
  • Developing performance management systems and data-driven capacity
  • Building back office capacity and leadership and human capacity pipelines
  • Financial planning and modeling for growth

Participants graduate with the core content and knowledge necessary to create a business plan that will guide their strategic growth into multi-school organizations. Graduates will be primed for local and national funders looking to invest in the growth of high quality school operators and networks.


The Charter Center intends to offer the RQS program in two cities/regions each year. Charter supporters (e.g., a state charter school association, a local or state charter school support organization, a charter school authorizer, a school district or municipality, an incubator organization, or philanthropic entity) interested in bringing the RQS program to their sector must submit a formal application to partner with the Charter Center to offer the program.

Please check back for information on future program dates.

Previous (and Potential) Program Presenters Include:
  • Cat Alexander, USA Education, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
  • Andrew Bray, Former Partner, Charter School Growth Fund
  • Patrick Herrell, CEO, The Mind Trust
  • Chris Gibbons, Founder and CEO, STRIVE Academies
  • Max Polaner, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Achievement First
  • Elizabeth D. Purvis, Executive Director, Chicago International Schools
  • Matthew Randazzo, CEO, Choose to Succeed, San Antonio

"Replicating Quality Schools exposed us to representatives from CMOs who transparently reflected on their growth and challenged us on our replication plans. We returned to work after each session with tools and ideas on how to improve our current programs and systems and plan for their expansion across multiple schools. Manhattan Charter School 2 had a smooth opening this fall and the business plan developed during the RQS program still serves as our board’s guiding document."

Stephanie Mauterstock
Chief Operating Officer
Manhattan Charter School
RQS 2011-12 Cohort