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What is a Charter School?


"A charter school in Colorado is a public school operated by a group of parents, teachers and/or community members as a semi-autonomous school of choice within a school district, operating under a contract or "charter" contract between the members of the charter school community and the local board of education."--Colorado Department of Education Website

Please see Colorado Charter School Facts on the Colorado League of Charter Schools website.

MY Voice:
There are varying definitions for charter schools. But for parents of children being served in these schools, the term "charter school" likely means something very personal and very unique from family to family.

In my family, the charter school is a small, caring community where our children learn, and are challenged according to their ability, in a rigorous academic environment. It offers us an alternative to the neighborhood school without spending a fortune on private education. It is also a place where meaningful parental involvement is encouraged and valued.

I am inspired by the determination and dedication of the staff and volunteers who work hard to make our school a better place each and every day.

What does charter school mean to you? Join our Parent's Voice Community and share your own personal definition.

Trivia Answer from Home Page:  Liberty

There are many myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about charter schools. Here is a look at a few of those myths and their corresponding facts.

Myth:
Charter schools charge tuition
Charter schools hand pick their students
Charter schools have no accountability
Charter schools take money from the traditional public schools

Fact:
Charter schools are free, public schools
As a public school, charters are open to all
Charter schools are accountable to the school families, the local authorizer (District) or the Colorado Charter School Institute, and the state
The Per Pupil Revenue (PPR) follows the student to the charter school, which absorbs the expense of educating that student in lieu of the neighborhood school

Don't take my word for it! Please visit the many resources listed on this site to learn all the facts.
Charter School History
Colorado Charter Schools



Did You Know?

"There are over 4,600 charter schools across the country, educating over 1.3 million children." -National Alliance for Public Charter Schools