About The Utah State Charter School Board
The Utah State Charter School Board (SCSB) is a state agency responsible for the authorization and oversight of public charter schools. As the largest authorizer in Utah, SCSB operates under the core values of choice, innovation, academic excellence, autonomy and accountability.
Art work completed by Esther Haworth - Lion
Art work completed by a Utah Charter student - Flowers
  • Set application processes.
  • Promote the establishment of charter schools.
  • Approve or deny charter school applications.
  • Provide oversight and organizational viability of charters.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state laws, rules and regulations.
  • Recommend legislation, rules, and funding pertaining to charter schools.
Art work completed by a student of Utah Arts Academy.
Art work completed by Emma Briggs - Impala 69 Car
Advancing quality choice, innovation, and student success through rigorous authorizing and supportive oversight.
Every student has access to an excellent education that meets their unique learning needs.
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We continue to be the best charter authorizer in the state and a model to authorizers across the country. We do not settle for average and celebrate high achievements. We learn and grow from mistakes and adjust when necessary. What we do, we do well.
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We are accountable to the people of Utah to authorize and oversee good schools. Great trust is placed in us to hold schools accountable. At times this means making hard decisions, which cannot be passed to any other entity. To quote President Truman, “The buck stops here.”
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The work of an authorizer is far more than bureaucratic regulation. We oversee compliance and performance in order to provide guardrails for authorized schools and pathways to success.
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We stay true to our mission and vision regardless of pressures to act otherwise. We are transparent and honest to our stakeholders. We do what we say we are going to do and be what we commit to be.
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We show kindness and respect while holding schools accountable. Compassion does not change the actions we take but the way we take those actions.

By January 2022, one or more Utah State Charter School board members or SCSB staff members will have met with 100% of schools.


By June 30, 2023, the SCSB will launch a micro-credential system that provides access to all charter school governing board members within its portfolio. At launch, at least ten micro-credentials will exist. Twenty additional micro-credentials will be developed by June 30, 2024.


By the end of SY 2023, all charter LEAs authorized by the SCSB will have

  • all required policies publicly available (refer to LEA Governing Polices)
  • and have posted their meetings, minutes, and recordings as required by the Open and Public Meetings Act.

Briggs, Emma. Impalla 69 2023. American Leadership Academy, Utah.
Haworth, Esther. African Animals. 2023. American Preparatory Academy - Draper 1 Campus, Utah.
Quevedo, Augusto Perera. Flowers. 2023, brush markers. North Star Academy, Utah.
Unknown artist. Woman profile. 2023. Utah Arts Academy, Utah.