Have you ever wondered what makes a charter school different than other schools?
The theme for this year’s National Charter School Week is “Charter Schools Are…” because each charter school is unique in how we serve students and families, and we all have our own definition of what charter schools mean to us.
What is a charter school?
Charter schools are independently operated public schools that have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs. All charter schools operate under a contract with a charter school authorizer – usually a nonprofit organization, government agency, or university – that holds them accountable to the high standards outlined in their charter.
What makes a charter school different?
Charter schools have the flexibility and autonomy to differentiate their curriculum, facilities and school focus. Some may focus on the environment, Montessori curriculum, classical education, back to basics, college prep and more. The possibilities are endless, but charter schools aim to provide a range of options so that parents can choose the school that best fits their child.
Why do people send their child to a charter school?
For many families, charter schools are a unique option for their child’s education. Families can make a choice between their traditional district school and a charter, without having to move to an expensive suburb or pay high private education fees. Having an option allows families to choose the school that is the best fit for their child.
Tune in every Tuesday this month for more frequently asked questions about charter schools.