For schools to open in the 2014-15 school year, applicants will be required to complete a prospectus prior to submitting a full application. The prospectus will be due December 1, 2012 and a final application on March 1, 2013. Prospectus guidelines will be posted here in the coming weeks.
Given that last year RIDE accepted and approved one charter proposal months before the deadline, and then accepted another nine months after the posted deadline (but just before the date required by statute), I'm not sure why they bother with this sort of thing. Have to keep all those people in the charter and transformation offices busy I guess.