The Coalition of Public Independent Charter Schools is a national voice for community-based public charter schools.


Join Our Commitment to Independence

We aspire to be great community schools of choice for the families we serve.


of all charter schools in the US are freestanding, independent charter schools


Charter school leaders from across the country attended the first Independent Charter School Symposium in October 2017


Charter school leaders and advocates formed a National Coordinating Committee to take back the conversation and move the charter movement forward

We celebrate and support innovative, inclusive, and transparent approaches to education. 

CPICS connects school leaders and communities by sharing effective practices through advocacy and service.

CPICS Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee is a group of 40 educators and advocates who laid the groundwork for this organization. We want to thank all of them for the time they gave in long meetings and sub-committee work to point CPICS in the right direction.

Meet the Committee

Statement of Principles

Students, families, educators-indeed the entire country-need a national, independent, democratically organized group to advocate for independently managed, financially transparent, community oriented public charter schools as articulated in our Statement of Principles.

Read our Principles