A charter school is a public school that has a specific mission designed to increase educational choice, innovation, and student achievement.
Charter schools are public schools that are tuition-free, non-selective, and have no religious affiliation.
There are over 150 charter schools in operation in Minnesota—the birthplace of charter schools. Charter schools have autonomy over their mission and educational philosophy.
They elect their own independent school boards which enter into a charter agreement with an authorizing agency and the state department of education both of which hold the school accountable for results. Charter boards govern over the school’s mission and ensure the school remains a viable option for students.
To be successful, charter schools must have a sound academic program, clear goals and objectives, strong financial management, effective governance and leadership, and excellent teaching.