Who We Are

CSMC is the largest provider of back-office financial services to charter schools, serving over 150 schools throughout the country. Our staff has expertise in charter school development, budgeting, data systems, fiscal operations, and financial management.

Our Mission

CSMC’s mission is to remove the day-to-day operational challenges school administrators face, and empower those charter school leaders to create and lead successful and innovative charter schools.

What We Do

CSMC can free you up to guide your team toward your core mission: helping your students to thrive. Whether you are a small start-up school or a large charter management organization, CSMC can provide a level of service that best fits the needs of your school, all while fitting within your school’s budget.

Latest Posts

CSMC in the News!

In a report about Clayton Valley Charter High, CSMC was recently mentioned in an article published on Mercury News. We enjoy helping our clients reach the goals that they have set. The excerpt can be found below: Fiscally, the school contracts with Charter School Management Corporation (CSMC) to manage and oversee fiscal accountability. CSMC works with hundreds of charter schools throughout the state and nation. Conservative fiscal policies and procedures used by the school include oversight from multiple layers of personnel to ensure funds are approved appropriately and payroll operated by CSMC, as well as annual independent audits. The full article can be found... read more

Meet the CSMC Team at the 2015 CCSA Conference!

We are very excited to be participating in this year’s CCSA Conference. We will be set up at booth #400 so don’t forget to come visit us. The presentations that we will have are listed below along with a download link to the presentations as well. Look forward to seeing you there! test Download the presentations below From Denial to Approval: Earning Your Charter the Hard Way: Download Here The CALPADS monster is under my bed: Download Here Career Pathways Grant: College to Career: View Materials Facilities and Financing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Download Here Negotiating Title 1 Funding: Unraveling the How, What, When, and Where: Download... read more

LCAP webinar and message from Jennifer Afdahl Rice

Note: We are offering a free LCAP Webinar discussing support & tips for schools finishing their LCAP on Thursday, February 26 from 10-11am PST. Sign up here – Click Here I wanted to send out an important update from our team about the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the action items your school or schools need to complete. The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a required, written accountability plan that is one of the major strings attached to the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds. To charter school operators, the LCAP will appear to be a cousin to several other required plans, especially the first several sections of the charter petition, the LEA plan, and possible WASC accreditation planning documents. Most authorizers consider the plan to be due July 1, 2015. As such and given the requirements for stakeholder input and feedback, CSMC recommends getting started drafting the plan within the next month. The LCAP must identify three year and annual goals for all of the charter’s students, for “numerically significant subgroups”, such as LCFF-targeted students (free/reduced, EL, foster). The plan then outlines annual actions that the charter school will take to accomplish these goals and the expenditures to support the actions. The state has approved an LCAP template (really more of an outline) to assist in this process. This template can be found here: CA Dept of Education LCAP Template By law the LCAP must address eight state priorities. The above template groups these eight priorities into three sections: 1. Conditions of Learning: are the teachers, materials and facilities conducive to learning? 2. Pupil... read more

2015 Critical Issues Charter School Symposium

YM&C and CSMC have partnered to provide a free, full-day Critical Issues Charter School Symposium covering a multitude of fiscal and legal issues for charter school developers and operators. Symposium sessions will be approximately 45 minutes. Dates: January 20th-22nd from 9 am – 4:30 pm Locations: Bay Area (Tuesday, January 20, 2015): Silicon Valley Community Foundation 2440 W. El Camino Real, Ste 300 Mountain View, CA 94040 Los Angeles (Wednesday, January 21, 2015): Granada Hills High School – Rawley Hall 10535 Zelzah Avenue Granada Hills, CA 91344 San Diego (Thursday, January 22, 2015): National University Charter School 9388 Lightwave Avenue San Diego, CA 92123 Symposium Topics Include Upcoming Initiatives and Laws January Budget Proposal Updates The Affordable Care Act on Campus Space is... read more

The experience and knowledge that they [CSMC] bring to our schools has helped us expand beyond our imagination – we are now up to 6 schools.

Tim Wolf

Executive Director, King-Chavez Public Schools - San Diego, CA