Charter schools are the wave of the future.

Charter schools are public schools that are independently operated and tuition-free. By offering innovative academic experiences, charter schools are designed to meet each student’s educational needs.

Enrollment in charter schools is by family choice. Charter schools may not charge tuition and they are not allowed to teach religion.

Why charter schools exist.

Charter schools arose from mounting frustration with the current public school system. Over the past decade, public schools have become so focused on testing and group results, that individual potential has been crushed. Not surprisingly, rates of illiteracy are soaring and graduation rates are plummeting. In this traditional framework, economically disadvantaged children inevitably become academically disadvantaged.

Parents are saying “yes” to this new way of teaching.

Charter school options allow parents to take an active role in their child’s education. In addition, charter schools create a community where students are embraced for their individual talents and passions.

Over the past 18 years, enrollment in public charter schools has increased from 300,000 students to more than 3.2 million, and the demand continues to grow. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the number of students on waitlists crossed the million-student threshold in 2014.

Charter schools offer
flexibility and focus.

Charter schools have the freedom to choose
a certain focus. Charter schools may focus on
the following areas:

  • Dropout recovery
  • College preparatory skills
  • Talented and Gifted (TAG) children
  • STEM curriculum
  • Arts and music
  • Special needs, such as Autism

How are charter schools funded?

Like traditional public schools, charter schools receive per-pupil government funding. Although charter schools have more freedom over budgets, staffing, and curricula, they must deliver academic results in order to continue receiving public funds.