What is a Charter School?
- Q: What Are Public Charter Schools?
- Q: How do public charter schools differ from traditional public schools?
- Q: Where do public charter schools get their funding?
- Q: How many public charter schools are there in DC?
- Q: How many students attend public charter schools in DC?
- Q: How much does it cost to go to a public charter school?
- Q: Where can I learn more about DC charter schools?
Charter schools are independent public schools that are free to innovate and are held accountable for student performance. They are publicly funded, tuition free, and nonsectarian. Like traditional public schools, they are open to all DC residents and receive public funds according to how many students enrolled. A public charter school exercises exclusive control over its expenditures, administration, personnel, and instructional methods. (Taken from http://www.dcpcsb.org/)
Public charter schools can differ from traditional schools in several ways:
1. Public charter schools are governed by a non-profit Board of Trustees
2. The school leaders are able to select its own curricula and teaching methods; as well as, enter into its own contracts (i.e. staff, services)
3. In DC, charter schools may be exempt from DCPS rules
4. Charter schools typically have greater financial control at the school level
Information regarding public charter schools was provided by Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) and from the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board website.