Charter schools are public schools that are a part of Florida’s program of public education. The School Board of Palm Beach County is the sponsor of the charter schools located in Palm Beach County, Florida.

The School District of Palm Beach County is the sponsor of 51 charter schools as of January 2017. The Charter Department provides academic, financial, operational and technical assistance to these charter schools.

New Charter School Applicant Training

New Charter School Applicant Training - Applications due February 1, 2018

Thursday, November 16, 2017

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Palm Beach County School District, Fulton-Holland Educational Service Center, 3300 Forest Hill Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

R.S.V.P. By November 13, 2017 to (561) 434-8189

Charter School Student Enrollment Process

Process for Opening a Charter School

In summary, a party interested in opening a Charter School with the School District of Palm Beach County as its Sponsor must successfully complete all of the following actions and received approval from the School Board of Palm Beach County. Specific details concerning this topic can be obtained by calling James Pegg, Director, Department of Charter Schools at (561) 434-8779.

How to Start a Charter School


James "Jim" Pegg
(561) 434-8779

Supervising Principal
John Carvelli
(561) 357-7604

George Lockhart
(561) 969-5875

Admin. Assistant to Director
Jennifer Wright
(561) 434-8681

Single School Culture Coord.
Ashley Barber
(561) 434-8860

ESOL Coord.
Stephen Byrne
(561) 969-5836

Elementary Literacy Spec.
Karla Branch
(561) 434-8452

Secondary Literacy Spec.
Lisa Helfrich
(561) 969-5872

Admin. Assistant
Jessica Sills
(561) 434-8189

Department Fax
(561) 434-7498