What is a Charter School?
Charter schools are public schools that are free to be more innovative and are held accountable for improved student achievement. They have some unique traits, however, that increase the chances of a successful education for a child:
Flexibility: Public charter schools are free to make timely decisions about developing curriculum, structuring the school day, and hiring teachers that meet the needs of their students.
Accountability: Public charter schools operate within a multi-tiered accountability system – to parents, to authorizers via a performance-based contract, and to the state – that leads to quality schools and achievement.
Choice: Parents select the public charter school their child attends. Teachers choose to work in public charter schools, most often for the professional satisfaction and the opportunity to shape school policy.
Partnerships with Parents and Communities: Parents and community members are welcomed in public charter schools and involved in the day-to-day operation of them.
Innovation: Charters’ flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of children often leads to innovative methods of teaching and of operating schools.