What is a Charter School?
Charter Schools are kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools built and managed by the private sector, but funded and overseen by the government. The first charter school was established in the United States in 1991. The idea was to leverage the efficiency of the private sector, balanced by the oversight and funding of the government, to create a high-functioning education model for the communities that need good new schools.
All charter schools are tuition-free and open to any student living in the county. Although they are managed privately, charter schools are publicly funded by local, state and federal tax dollars based on enrollment, like public schools. There are also held accountable to state and federal academic standards. Thanks to the success of various charter school programs, demand for charter schools among American students and their families is growing rapidly in many areas of the United States.