CSDC Membership enables your organization to tap the knowledge, wisdom, and experience we have gained from over two decades of operations. Learn why hundreds of charter schools receive support from CSDC through our annual membership program.
Get timely, trusted analysis
you won't find anywhere else.
Information & Resources
CSDC Members gain an annual subscription to Charter Currents , which contains critical charter school news, deadlines, analysis, and practical recommendations.
CSDC Members also gain access to CBO Direct, a repository of helpful resources intended for California charter school CFOs, COOs, and fiscal staff.
Create a non-member account on our website and we'll send you a few members-only resources, as well as news and announcements on upcoming trainings and events.
Recruit from the talented
charter administrators and
instructional staff who visit
List your organization's job descriptions on our job-posting service, Charter Jobs.
CSDC Members gain up to 5 complimentary postings per annual membership term.
Gain an especially effective
CSDC Members receive effective advocacy on behalf of all charter schools through our long-standing voice at both the state and federal levels.
Did you know that CSDC has maintained a consistent, powerfully-influential, and independent long-term advocacy track record? Learn more about our advocacy achievements by clicking below:
Add our experts to your speed dial.
Individualized Technical Assistance
CSDC Members receive up to 5 hours of technical assistance, which they may use to have their pressing charter school questions answered by our charter experts via phone or e-mail.
Access an exclusive health benefits
CharterShield School Benefits Trust
CSDC Members gain exclusive access to the CharterShield School Benefits Trust, an employee benefits program administered by Barney & Barney that provides CSDC Member schools with unique plan options at exceptional rates.
Access free and discounted trainings hosted by CSDC's experts.
FREE Online Trainings & Members-Only Discounts
CSDC Members enjoy free access to CSDC's online trainings including:
Online Governance Academy : The Governance Academy is a series of online trainings designed to prepare new and veteran board members on topics including compliance with the Brown Act, board development and configuration, and more.
Online LCFF Dashboard Data Training : This online training offers expert CSDC analysis and is designed to help California charter school leaders understand the key elements of the new multiple measures accountability system.
Online Start Smart : Charter School Developer Training: CSDC’s Start Smart online developer training provides an overview of charter school development, including the basics of petition drafting, charter school approval, school design, founding team development, finance and facilities.
CSDC Members are comprised of
California's charter school
Who joins CSDC? In short, those schools, development groups, granting agencies, and vendors carrying the charter school banner in California.
Hundreds of California charter schools have become CSDC Members to leverage the ongoing operational assistance we provide. In fact, CSDC is mostly supported through this large and growing base of schools, enabling us to dedicate much of our efforts to supporting CSDC Member schools.
Charter School Developers
Have a great idea for an innovative charter school? So, too, do the many developer members who join CSDC to stay apprised of the latest fiscal and policy changes that may affect their development efforts.
Charter School Granting Agencies
Many charter school granting agencies have joined CSDC to ensure that they are providing sound fiscal and policy oversight to the schools in their portfolios.
Charter School Vendors
We also extend CSDC Membership to the many organizations and companies that market their products and services to charter schools. Marketing to charter schools can be a substantially different process than marketing to traditional K-12 public and/or private schools. CSDC Membership helps vendors acclimate themselves to this tricky sector. Please click here to learn more about CSDC Membership for charter school vendors.
Reasonable annual dues.
For most members, dues represent but 0.01% of the
annual operating budget.
CSDC understands that every dollar in your school budget counts. Our modest membership dues are unmatched, and designed to enable most every charter school in California to access our resources. CSDC is committed to maintain highly affordable dues, providing your organization with great benefits—timely analysis, effective and expert advocacy, immediate and in-depth technical assistance, access to the CharterShield health benefits program, and discounts on trainings—advantages that make CSDC Membership an absolutely indispensable line item in your annual budget.
Your dues help sustain CSDC and grow our services.
As an educational nonprofit, you might be surprised to learn that CSDC is primarily funded not through philanthropy and grants, but, instead, through our broad base of CSDC Member schools and organizations.
In addition to providing you with great members-only benefits, your annual dues also ensure our sustainability and help us grow the services and support we provide to the California charter school movement.
If your organization is joining for the first time, please follow the link below corresponding to your organization's membership type. (See above section for rates.)
Charter Management Organizations (CMOs)
Charter Granting Agencies
Charter Development Groups
Vendor Members are encouraged to visit the Vendor Membership page to learn more and to join or renew.
Please contact CSDC for your school's customized renewal application.
Gain complete access to chartercenter.org and to the ongoing operational support we provide to CSDC Members.
Not quite ready to join? We’d recommend that you…
Receive announcements from CSDC and gain access to select chartercenter.org content by creating a non-member account.