Charter Schools

Charter Schools Approved by the Contra Costa County Board of Education 

Introduced to California by the Charter Schools Act of 1992, a charter school is a tuition free, tax-supported, public school that is independently run. Students enroll in charter schools on a voluntary basis. Charter schools were founded based on the premise that in exchange for receiving greater flexibility over school operations, the charter school would provide improved student performance.

A “charter,” is a legally binding contract, which describes key elements of the proposed school. The charter is typically presented to a local school district board for approval and authorization, though county boards of education and the State Board of Education also authorize charters under certain circumstances.

According to the Charter Schools Act, when reviewing petitions to establish a charter school, the chartering authorizer shall be guided by the intent of the Legislature that charter schools are and should become an integral part of the California educational system and that the establishment of charter schools should be encouraged.

Contra Costa County is currently the authorizer of seven charter schools.  While this means CCCOE has some oversight responsibility, we are not to get involved with and have no authority over the day to day operation and functioning of the sites.  Each of the charters are more directly accountable to their school leaders and their governing board.  However, when issues are unresolved at the leadership level we often step in as a third party to ensure that the school is responsive to outside requests and complaints.

Roster of Contra Costa County Charter Schools



Authorized Charter Petitions



2019-20 CCBE Charter LCAPs

2018-19 CCBE Charter LCAPs


County Board Authorized Charter Forms


Title / Responsibility Name (click to email) Phone
Senior Director Marsha Tokuyoshi
(925) 942-3385
Coordinator, Charter School Oversight Neil McChesney (925) 942-3381
 Credentials Kandi Gravenmier  (925) 942-3302
 Attendance Reporting Rita Bailey (925) 942-3449
Administrative Support/Record Keeping
Peggy Russell (925) 942-3375
 Board/Calendaring/Communications Brenna Fleck  (925) 942-3418
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