CSDC Membership enables your organization to tap the knowledge, wisdom, and experience we have gained from over two decades of operations. Learn why hundreds of charter schools receive support from CSDC through our annual membership program.


Receive consistent, ongoing support
from California's leading
charter school experts.

Why Join?

Get timely, trusted analysis
you won't find anywhere else.

Information & Resources

CSDC Members gain an annual subscription to Charter Currents , which contains critical charter school news, deadlines, analysis, and practical recommendations.

CSDC Members also gain access to CBO Direct, a repository of helpful resources intended for California charter school CFOs, COOs, and fiscal staff.

Create a non-member account on our website and we'll send you a few members-only resources, as well as news and announcements on upcoming trainings and events.


Recruit from the talented
charter administrators and
instructional staff who visit
our website.

Charter Jobs

List your organization's job descriptions on our job-posting service, Charter Jobs.

CSDC Members gain up to 5 complimentary postings per annual membership term.


Gain an especially effective
ally in Sacramento
and beyond.

Effective Advocacy

CSDC Members receive effective advocacy on behalf of all charter schools through our long-standing voice at both the state and federal levels.

Did you know that CSDC has maintained a consistent, powerfully-influential, and independent long-term advocacy track record? Learn more about our advocacy achievements by clicking below:



Add our experts to your speed dial.

Individualized Technical Assistance

CSDC Members receive up to 5 hours of technical assistance, which they may use to have their pressing charter school questions answered by our charter experts via phone or e-mail. 


Access an exclusive health benefits
program that will keep your
employees—and your

CharterShield School Benefits Trust

CSDC Members gain exclusive access to the CharterShield School Benefits Trust, an employee benefits program administered by Barney & Barney that provides CSDC Member schools with unique plan options at exceptional rates.



Save on CSDC's in-depth trainings,
workshops, and annual

Members-Only Discounts

CSDC Members save up to 30% on our workshops, multi-day leadership trainings, annual conference and publications.

For developer members: Free admission to CSDC's Start Smart Workshop.

Who Joins?

CSDC Members are comprised of
California's charter school

Who joins CSDC? In short, those schools, development groups, granting agencies, and vendors carrying the charter school banner in California.

Charter Schools

Hundreds of California charter schools have become CSDC Members to leverage the ongoing operational assistance we provide. In fact, CSDC is mostly supported through this large and growing base of schools, enabling us to dedicate much of our efforts to supporting CSDC Member schools.

Charter School Developers

Have a great idea for an innovative charter school? So, too, do the many developer members who join CSDC to stay apprised of the latest fiscal and policy changes that may affect their development efforts.

Charter School Granting Agencies

Many charter school granting agencies have joined CSDC to ensure that they are providing sound fiscal and policy oversight to the schools in their portfolios.

Charter School Vendors

We also extend CSDC Membership to the many organizations and companies that market their products and services to charter schools. Marketing to charter schools can be a substantially different process than marketing to traditional K-12 public and/or private schools. CSDC Membership helps vendors acclimate themselves to this tricky sector. Please click here to learn more about CSDC Membership for charter school vendors.

Annual Dues

Reasonable annual dues.

For most members, dues represent but 0.01% of the
annual operating budget.

We understand the membership dues are often a discretionary item in many organizations’ operating budgets.  So we keep our dues incredibly modest, providing your organization with great benefits—timely analysis, effective advocacy, technical assistance, access to below-market health benefits, and discounts on trainings—advantages that make an otherwise discretionary item an absolutely indispensible, yet affordable, line item in your annual budget.

Your dues help sustain CSDC and grow our services.

As an educational nonprofit, you might be surprised to learn that CSDC is primarily funded not through philanthropy and grants, but, instead, through our broad base of CSDC Member schools and organizations.

In addition to providing you with great members-only benefits, your annual dues also ensure our sustainability and help us grow the services and support we provide to the California charter school movement.

Annual dues:

  • Charter Schools • $3.00 per student enrolled. $500.00 annual minimum.
  • Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) • Intended for organizations that operate multiple charter schools. $2.00 per student enrolled. $2,000.00 annual minimum.
  • Charter Granting Agencies • Intended for district and county offices of education that authorize charter schools. $1,000 for the first charter school and $100 per additional charter school.
  • Charter Development Groups • Intended for charter development groups that have not secured approval of their charter petitions. $150 for the Basic rate (one-half hour of phone support). $500 for the Basic Plus+ rate (five hours of phone support).
  • Charter School Vendors CSDC Membership helps your company connect to the large and growing California charter school movement. Please click here to learn more about Vendor Member rates and benefits.
Join or Renew


If your organization is joining for the first time, please follow the link below corresponding to your organization's membership type. (See above section for rates.)
Charter Management Organizations (CMOs)
Charter Granting Agencies
Charter Development Groups

Vendor Members are encouraged to visit the Vendor Membership page to learn more and to join or renew.


Please contact CSDC for your school's customized renewal application.

Become a CSDC member

Gain complete access to and to the ongoing operational support we provide to CSDC Members.


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Create a Non-Member Account

Receive announcements from CSDC and gain access to select content by creating a non-member account.