What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are free, public schools that are independently operated and exchange a high accountability for a high degree of autonomy. 

  • There are no admissions tests or tuition.  Charter schools are open to every student within the public school system who wishes to enroll.
  • If demand exceeds available seats, charters hold a lottery to determine admission.
  • Charters exchange significant autonomy for greater accountability over results. This autonomy allows charters to offer:
    • A longer school day and school year;
    • Freedom to attract and hire the best teachers, regardless of credentials;
    • Greater control and flexibility over curriculum.
  • Freedom to be innovative and a commitment to improving public education.

To learn more about charter schools and their results versus traditional public schools check out these publications.