What is a charter school?

Tuition-free and independently run, a charter school offers parents a choice for their child’s educational journey. Student-to-teacher ratios are stronger, with more individualized attention to each student’s needs, progress and success.

Every charter school is publicly funded and held to the same standards of testing, attendance and special education as any other school in New York State. The combination of freedom and accountability for success allows charter schools to try new approaches, respond to community needs and put student learning first.

Charter schools are bound to the terms of a contract, or “charter,” that lays out a school’s mission, academic goals, fiscal guidelines and accountability requirements.

Enrollment is open to all students through a lottery system.