Pros and Cons of Charter Schools: Information for Parents

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When it comes to your child’s education, we all want what’s best. In this modern age of education in the U.S., we are constantly faced with new options. Charter schools are a relatively recent education model that has become widely available and stand as tuition-free alternatives to traditional public schools.

So, what are the pros and cons of charter schools? Are they better or worse than a public school option? Here, we’re breaking it down to help empower you to make the best-informed decision.


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Each charter school tends to focus on a particular style and approach to their school’s design. There are many different models that charter schools use such as the Montessori method, a STEM model, No Excuses schools, Online schools, or Hybrid models, to name a few. Generally, the greatest advantage of a charter school is choice.

Tight-Knit Community

In addition, because charter schools are designed to fulfill a particular need, they tend to attract a similar kind of student. As a result, charter school communities often develop a tight-knit group of parents and families who share similar values. So whether the focus is math, science, the arts, or flexible scheduling as the hallmark, the community tends to be smaller and more intimate than public school options. 

Individualized Approach

Charter schools have more autonomy to tailor their education to what their founders feel is best for the individual students being served. That means more ability to adapt approaches to what works best at the local level for students. In a world of ever more standardization, charter schools offer diversity and flexibility. Additionally, charter schools often draw in highly qualified teachers who are inspired by alternate approaches to education outside of the public school system.


Smaller Size Means Different Resources

Because charter schools tend to be smaller than public schools, sports programs, extra-curricular options, and other resources are less robust than public schools. That is not to say charter schools don’t offer sports or extra-curricular options, they do. But, in general, a smaller sized school means less competition for sports and less money to devote to athletic development. The takeaway here is to always evaluate a charter school individually to determine the best fit for the student.

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