A charter school is a state-recognized, public school that has been given freedom to be more innovative than traditional schools, while being held accountable for improved student achievement. Fostering a partnership between parents, teachers, and students, they create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are given the freedom to innovate, and students are provided the structure they need to learn.
As a public school, charter schools are tuition-free, non-sectarian, and non-discriminatory. They are publicly funded by local, state, and federal tax dollars and are held accountable to state and federal academic standards. Many families prefer the increased prospect that they have in shaping the direction of a charter school and decide to enroll for that purpose.