What is a charter school?
- A charter school is a public school that is nonsectarian and nonreligious and operates under a contract or a charter. Charter schools are established to serve the different learning styles and needs of public school students, to offer them appropriate and innovative choices, to afford variety opportunities for professional educators, to allow freedom and flexibility in exchange for continuous exceptional progress. Charter school provides parents, students, and community members with rigorous involvement in the public school system.
How does a public school differ from a traditional public school?
- Charter public schools were created to provide innovative and effective educational choices for students and their parents. As such, they are exempt from many state and state and school district regulations and have more flexibility than regular public school. Charter school should show sufficient progress in order to operate. If the school does not show progress, the charter may be revoked.
May a charter school charge tuition?
- No. Charter school is a public school that by federal and state statutes is prohibited from charging tuition. However, there may be selected additional services and activities for which there could be a nominal fee.
How do I enroll my child in a charter school?
- Parents must apply directly to the school and normally go through the open enrollment process. Preferences may be given to the siblings of students enrolled at a charter school, and children of employees of the charter school.
If my child lives outside of the school district in which a charter school is located, can s/he still attend your charter school?
- Generally, yes. Our school is nonconversion charter school that accepts students residing within and outside the district if their parent decides that the child would be better served educationally at the charter school.
What happens if a charter school receives more applications for admission than it has capacity for?
- In a case in which a charter school receives applications for admission that exceed its capacity, the charter school will institute a lottery process in which each applicant is given an equal chance of admission. However, we can limit new admissions to ensure that a student who attends the charter school during the school year may continue to attend the school in subsequent years, and that siblings of that student may attend the charter school.
Do charter school teachers have to be credentialed?
- Yes. California and federal laws mandate that every teacher has to hold valid teaching credential and be NCLB compliant in the subject taught.
Are charter schools held to the same content standards and accountability requirements as other public schools in the state of California?
- Yes. As public schools, charter schools are required to address the state content standards in the instructional programs and administer the same state assessments as all other public school. Charter schools are held to the same accountability requirements as other public schools.
Does your charter school have admission criteria?
- No, as a charter school we accept all students and we are prohibited to discriminate against anybody based on race, religion, gender, and language.
How many charter schools currently operate in California?
- Since the Charter Schools Act was passed in 1992, the number of charter schools in California increases every year. Currently, over 1,200 charter schools were operating in California with total enrollment of almost 600,000 students.