A charter school is a public school given the right by the state department of education to operate through a charter. Charter schools must be approved by their local school district. The district and charter school negotiates a contract or “charter” based upon the proposal. Charter schools are non-sectarian, non-religious and do not discriminate in their admission policies.
Since we are a public charter school, anyone can enroll. Charter schools are schools of choice, which means parents and students choose which school they would like to attend and are limited only by available space. Parents should also take into consideration that the school district of residence is responsible for transportation of the student; if not, parents are responsible for arranging transportation to the school.
Yes, the law requires Charter Schools to educate their Special Education students. Some charter schools may choose to contract special education services from outside agencies, where as others have hired their own staff to deliver these services.
Charter schools cannot give admissions tests. They use either a lottery or waiting list policy, or a combination of the two. Several charter schools have been established to serve at risk students.
Although charter schools provide an alternative to other public schools, they are part of the public education system and are not allowed to charge tuition.