What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are free public schools that are independently operated.  Charter schools have high degree of autonomy over budgets, curriculum and personnel, but this independence comes with expectations for the highest standards of accountability and student achievement.

  • There are no admissions tests or tuition.  Charter schools are open to every student within the public school system who wishes to enroll.
  • If demand exceeds available seats, charters hold a lottery to determine admission.
  • Charters exchange significant autonomy for greater accountability over results. This autonomy allows charters to offer:
    • A longer school day and school year;
    • Freedom to attract and hire the best teachers, regardless of credentials;
    • Greater control and flexibility over curriculum.
  • Freedom to be innovative and a commitment to improving public education.

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