Charter Schools are public schools that provide
choice within the public school system. No tuition is charged to
students who attend a charter school. A public lottery is held each year
for admittance into our Kindergarten program. Please read the Charter School Fact Sheet to help you determine if a charter school is right for you!
The Charter Schools Act was passed in 1992 (Education Code Section 47601) to:
Improve pupil learning.
Increase learning opportunities for all
pupils, with special emphasis on expanded learning experiences for
pupils who are identified as academically low achieving
Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods.
Create new professional opportunities for
teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning
program at the school site.
Provide parents and pupils with expanded
choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available
within the public school system.
Hold the schools established under this part
accountable for meeting measurable pupil outcomes, and provide the
schools with a method to change from rule-based to performance-based
Provide vigorous competition within the public school system to stimulate continual improvements in all public schools.
We encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods by implementing Integrated Thematic Instruction
in the classroom, using hands-on learning techniques, and integrating
our entire curriculum. Our curriculum is created by teachers and is
teacher-driven - teachers are responsible for the learning program and
are held accountable for meeting the standards by the Principal and
ultimately by the Board of Directors.
From the California Charter Schools Association website:
A charter school is a public school.
A charter school can provide instruction from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Charter schools are typically created by a group of parents, teachers,
administrators, community leaders or a local community-based
Charter schools are created when a group of parents, teachers and
community leaders petition a local school board or county board of
education for a charter to open an independent school in their
Q: WHY ARE THESE SCHOOLS CALLED "CHARTERS?" A: Charter school operators set forth their goals and operating procedures
in a contract that is reached with the local school district, county
board of education or the state. This contract is called a "charter."
Q: WHO PAYS TO OPERATE CHARTER SCHOOLS? A: You pay to operate charter schools through the taxes you pay. Charter
schools receive their funding directly from the state of California.
Q: HOW ARE CHARTER SCHOOLS GOVERNED?
A: Charter schools have their own boards of education and operate
independently of local school districts. Local schools districts and
county boards of education, however, have an oversight responsibility
over charter schools and review the progress of charter schools. Local
school districts, county boards of education and the state can revoke
★A charter school is generally exempt from most laws governing school districts, except where specifically noted in the law.
Q: HOW DO WE KNOW IF THE STUDENTS ARE DOING WELL AT CHARTER SCHOOLS?
A: Charter schools in California are required to participate in the
statewide assessment test, called the STAR (Standardized Testing and
Reporting) program. Charter schools are accountable to their sponsor
-usually a state or local school board- to produce positive academic
results and adhere to the charter contract. The basic concept of charter
schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this
Q: ARE CHARTER SCHOOLS PRIVATE SCHOOLS? A: No. All charter schools are public schools. The charter law prohibits the conversion of a private school to a charter school.
Q: CAN CHARTER SCHOOLS TEACH RELIGION? A: No. Charter schools must be nonsectarian in their programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations.
Q: DOES IT COST EXTRA TO SEND MY CHILD TO A CHARTER SCHOOL? A: No. Charter schools may not charge tuition and may not discriminate
against any pupil on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or
Q: HOW MANY CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE THERE? A: There are currently more than 500 charter schools operating in
California, serving about 180,000 students. There are more than 1
million students nationwide attending 4,000 charter schools nationwide.
The number of students attending charter schools is increasing at a rate
of about 15 percent a year in the United States.
Q: WHY CHARTER SCHOOLS? A: Public charter schools offer an important and timely public school
option to address the challenges facing our traditional education
system. Charter schools are an exciting and high-potential alternative
for the following reasons:
Most efforts to reform high-need public schools in California have
failed. Charter schools provide parents the opportunity to offer real
input in their child's education.
Charter schools give educators freedom to try new strategies to inspire student achievement.
Charter schools, less encumbered by the bureaucratic barriers that face
other public schools, have the potential to spark system-wide change.