CSDC's publications condense over twenty years of experience in charter development, governance, and operations into a series of affordable, time-saving guides. View the section below to learn how to order CSDC's publications or continue scrolling to see our current offerings.


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Sample Charter School Governing Board Policies

This comprehensive policy binder provides sample documents for the "must-have" governance and operational policies essential to charter schools, as well as several other recommended policies. This publication ships with a CD containing a file of each of the sample policies in Microsoft Word format, eliminating the need to re-type. Save time and thousands of dollars in legal fees by adapting these sample policies to your individual charter school's needs.

  • Regular price: $1,300.00
  • Price for CSDC Members: Now included in your membership dues. Access the Sample Policies online by signing in to your account. If you are unsure whether you have a CSDC Member account or need to create one, please contact us so we can create and affiliate your account with the correct CSDC Member school.
  • Own Sample Policies and need updates? CSDC provides complimentary updates to the Sample Policies to owners within the first 12 months of the initial purchase date. If your school purchased the Sample Policies between 13 and 48 months ago, please see the publications order form for current pricing details.

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Independent Study & Nonclassroom-Based Charter School Operations

This publication provides an outline and materials from CSDC’s popular workshop on operating “out-of-the-box” charter schools. A must-read for non-traditional schools, this publication provides a concise overview of the key laws and regulations governing both “independent study” and “nonclassroom-based” instruction, as well as annotated copies of relevant statutes and regulations, a compliance checklist, sample forms, and other helpful documents.


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Charter School Incorporation Guide

This guide walks charter schools step-by-step through the process to become a not-for-profit public benefit corporation and receive tax-exempt status, including charter school-specific decisions and considerations. Save hundreds of dollars in legal fees by using this guide as a roadmap to incorporation.


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How to Order

  1. Download and complete the "CSDC Publication Order Form," which includes a mandatory publications licensing agreement.

  2. Mail completed order form, licensing agreement, and payment (check) or purchase order to the Charter Schools Development Center, 817 14th Street, Suite 300; Sacramento, CA 95814.

  3. Upon receipt of signed order form, licensing agreement, and payment, CSDC will ship the publication(s) ordered.


  • Publications are not available to consultant groups.

  • CSDC grants to the original purchaser a limited, non-exclusive license to use the materials, documents, templates and samples created by CSDC and provided to the original purchaser for the development, operation and supervision of one charter school. These materials, documents, templates and samples may not be duplicated or otherwise shared without the express written consent of CSDC. Information on how to buy additional licenses for our products may be obtained by calling CSDC at (916) 538-6612 .

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For questions regarding the program, please contact CSDC via email at or by calling 916-538-6612.

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