Charter Schools

So, what exactly is a charter school?

A charter school is a public school open to students in a given district, though a few are open to students across the state.

Things you should know about charter schools:

  • They are free, and don’t charge tuition – because they are, in fact, public schools.

  • Charter schools have to implement the same standards as traditional public schools. The key difference, however, is that charters have the freedom and flexibility to leverage whichever curriculum and teaching approaches they believe are best in order to help their students achieve high academic results.

  • Student achievement is key to their success, and if a charter school doesn’t make a difference in students’ learning it is at risk of closing.

  • Though charters are free, parents still feel it in their pockets a bit because most charters require uniforms and do not offer transportation. It’s unfortunate. It’s unfair. But it’s the price that some parents are willing to pay for a school that best matches their son’s or daughter’s needs.

After identifying the charter schools you want to attend, take a moment to call or consult their websites to make sure you fall within their district requirements.

If so, download their applications and complete them as soon as you can. Parents: the application is not that deep. There are no essays involved. If you know your address and your child’s name – it’s no sweat.

When it comes to selecting students, charter schools cannot pick and choose as they wish, they have to be fair. That’s why there is a lottery system to randomly select who gets in if the number of applicants is more than the number of open seats for the upcoming school year. The enrollment period is different for each charter school for when you can apply. Just keep in mind that most of the time it starts in January.

If you are interested in more than one charter school, apply for both to increase your child’s chances of getting in to one. If your child is accepted into both, you can always choose at that point.