Charter Schools

WHAT ARE CHARTER SCHOOLS?

Charter Schools are independent, innovative Public Schools accountable for student results. Charter Schools are designed to deliver programs focused on educational excellence and the needs of the communities they serve through a partnership between parents, teachers, and students.


WHAT MAKES CHARTER SCHOOLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

Public Charter Schools are intended to improve our nation’s public school system. Charter Schools are public schools because, while they operate independently of the school district, they are:

  • tuition-free and open to students, regardless of city or district residence
  • ·non-sectarian, and do not discriminate on any basis
  • publicly funded by local, state and federal tax dollars based on enrollment, like other public schools
  • held accountable to state and federal academic standards


HOW DO CHARTER SCHOOLS DIFFER FROM TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

Charter Schools operate on three basic principles:

Choice

  • Charter Schools give families an opportunity to choose the school most suitable for their child’s educational well-being.
  • Teachers choose to work at schools where they directly shape the best learning environment for their students and working environment for themselves.

Accountability

  • Charter Schools are accountable for student achievement, as well as fiscal and operational standards. 

Freedom

  • While Charter Schools must adhere to the same laws and regulations as all other public schools, Charter School leaders can focus on setting and reaching high academic standards for their students.


WHY ARE CHARTER SCHOOLS SO POPULAR?

Educational Quality: 
The heart of Charter Schools is public school choice.  The primary reason for Charter Schools is to ensure every child has access to a quality education. With the freedom and choice afforded to Charter Schools, they set higher standards and then, must meet them to stay in business.

Focus on the students: 
Perhaps most important, a Charter School is setup around the needs of children. The focus should always be on the students and programs should be designed to help children succeed, no matter what it takes.

Safe and stronger communities: 
Charter Schools typically engage local businesses and other organizations to help provide resources and services to the school and its families. Charter Schools have a proven effect on the strength and safety of a community.