Charter Schools Development Corporation

Service Providers: Nonprofit LenderNonprofit Real Estate Developer
schools supported
$ 122,005,328
in financings

  • National

  • less than one year 
  • one to three years 
  • more than three years of operating history or one charter renewal
  • charter management organizations
  • stand-alone schools
  • single-site schools

Charter Schools Development Corporation (CSDC) supports quality school choice for underserved students by developing and financing affordable charter school facilities. CSDC is a nonprofit lender and real estate developer whose services include the following: credit enhancement, feasibility assessment, site selection, fee-based development, project management, turnkey development with lease-to-purchase option, leasehold improvement, and acquisition/renovation loans. CSDC has developed 54 charter school campuses/facilities on behalf of 51 charter school organizations.

CSDC provides financing, financing technical assistance, real estate development, and real estate technical assistance services. List of financing products available below:

 Terms (Years)
Acquisition loans5
Construction loans3
Mini-permanent loans5
Permanent loansN/A
Predevelopment loansN/A
Working capitalN/A


Maximum financing for a single project$3,000,000
Maximum amortization (years)25


CSDC's due diligence across all of its programs begins with determining if the school is a mission fit, and if so, the extent to which the following characteristics of high-quality schools are present: capacity, character, curriculum, collateral, and external conditions such as the strength of the state's charter laws, community support, board expertise, demographics, location, condition and accessibility of the facility, enrollment, and the terms of the charter. CSDC requires all applicants to provide a leadership and succession plan for the school's daily leader and key board members. CSDC also requires all schools to provide marketing plans demonstrating how they intend to meet or exceed enrollment goals, as well as an accountability statement detailing how they plan to assure individual student achievement and compliance with their charter contracts.

Name of SchoolTotal Project CostLenders Involved
Art and Science Academy$2,265,500CSDC, Highland Bank
Intrepid College Prep$5,000,000CSDC, Franklin Synergy Bank, The Housing Fund, United Bank
Self Development Academy Phoenix$4,000,000CSDC, Great Western Bank, Raza Development Fund
Northeast College Prep$6,400,000CSDC, Highland Bank, IFF


Key Statistics:

Financial Overview
U.S. Department of Education (ED) Credit Enhancement$33,600,000
New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation total$40,000,000
Community Development Financial Institutions Bond Guarantee Program (CDFI BGP) allocation total$0


Portfolio Statistics
Total historic financing1$122,005,328
Number of schools/projects supported186
NMTC allocation employed for charter facilities$40,000,000
Number of schools supported with NMTC5
CDFI BGP allocation deployed for schoolsN/A
Number of schools supported with CDFI BGPN/A
Remaining capacity in CDFI BGP allocationN/A


Portfolio Performance
$ amount of financing repaid/refinanced2$17,795,462
NMTC matured/refinanced$40,000,000
Total number of transactions3186
Original $ amount of defaults4$4,154,023
Number of defaults12
Default rate (% of total $ amount of financing)3.4%
Default rate (% of total number of financings)6.4%
$ amount write-offs$2,510,500
Number of write-offs10
Write-off rate (% of total $ amount of financing)2.05%
Write-off rate (% of total number of financings)5.3%


1Financing defined as grants, recoverable grants, loans, and guarantees.

2Includes full repayments only; does not include partial amortizations or restructurings.

3Number includes only those financings with a repayment obligation; it excludes grants.

4A defaulted loan is defined as one in which the school can no longer make debt service payments and the lender must litigate or foreclose for repayment. This figure represents the loan amount at origination, not the amount outstanding at default.


Last updated: October 2018


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