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What Is A Charter School?

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a school that has increased flexibility and independence to tailor it’s educational approach while still operating from government funding. It is called a charter school because the unique identity and approach must is written into a document called the “charter” for the school. The charter explains management, organization, achievement standards, and how these educational goals will be measured. While laws vary by state, most charter schools not have to abide by the rules and regulations of public schools. This allows for a wide range of possibilities for charter schools to forge a new path to create successful schools. It also means charter schools can look very different depending on the school’s mission and style.

How Long Have Charter Schools Existed?

In the U.S., Minnesota was the first state to pass laws permitting charter schools to operate in 1991. Since then, charter schools have expanded at an incredible pace. For example, from 2000 to 2016 charter school attendance increased from 1% to 6%. As of 2016, more than 3 million students utilize charter schools for their educational needs. California, Arizona, and Michigan have the most charter schools. This robust increase points to the fact that many charter schools are successful and growing. While different from a traditional public school, charter schools offer many opportunities for new ways to operate a school and new ways for students to learn. Charter schools continue to grow and find success in meeting the unique needs of students where many public options fell short.

What Kinds of Charter Schools Are There?

With over 7,000 charter schools across the U.S. and counting, each one is unique. For example, some charter schools emphasize art integration, some use a STEM model, others are designed for college prep, and still more incorporate flexible schedules or online, in-class hybrids. While most charter schools are located in urban areas, many have been established in rural and suburban areas as well. Some charter schools are language-focused, even teaching every subject in two different languages. Every part of a charter school’s identity from location, rules and expectations, school day times, curriculum focus and more is one-of-a-kind. It all depends on the school’s charter itself. Plus, the kinds of students who attend charter schools give each school its unique makeup.

Why Are So Many Families Choosing to Enroll in Charter Schools?

In the same way that charter schools span a wide range of possibilities and styles, students are unique individuals with their own goals for success. Charter schools are the revolutionary alternative to the traditional public school model. So whether students and parents are interested in avoiding a less than satisfactory experience, or their unique needs fit better with a charter school in their area, there are so many reasons to look into charter schools.

At times, families may choose a charter school for its teachers, management style, facilities, or overall reputation. With the additional autonomy given to charter schools, they are often held to a higher standard since they are required to adhere to their own mission statement and goals for success. The bottom line is that charter schools provide options for families, and this relatively new education model is serving millions of students successfully in the U.S. The reasons that parents choose charter schools for their children are just as unique as the students themselves. They choose charter schools because of the strong, dedicated teachers, because the school’s focus matches their child’s needs, or simply because their child was struggling in their assigned public school and needed to try something new. Charter schools provide families with options in public education, allowing parents to take a more active role in their child’s education.

A charter school has increased flexibility and independence

Charter vs. Public

Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations that are imposed upon district schools. Charter schools are accountable for academic results and for upholding the promises made in their charters. They must demonstrate performance in the areas of academic achievement, financial management, and organizational stability. If a charter school does not meet performance goals, it may be closed.

Are Charter Schools all the same?

No. Charter schools can vary a great deal in their design and in their results. Uncommon Schools creates schools based on the principles and practices that have proven successful in producing significant academic gains at high-performing urban charter public schools across the country.


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