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What is a Charter School?

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What is a charter school? Are they private or public? Who can enrol in them? Who looks after them? And are they more beneficial than regular public schools at enriching students with education? This blog discusses charter schools in greater detail so you can have a complete breakthrough.

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are public schools that operate independently and are free to create classrooms that meet the needs of their students. All charter schools are bound by a contract with a charter school authorizer, typically a university, government agency, or non-profit organization, that requires them to adhere to the stringent requirements outlined in their "charter." Former educators who wanted to apply what they had learned in the classroom to an entire school are frequently in charge of charter schools.

Students do not come from a predetermined area to attend charter schools; Children are sent there by families who choose to. However, students are typically selected by lottery if enrolment in a charter school is insufficient due to demand. Charter schools are the fast-growing trend for high-quality education in the United States. They are the first credible competition to the traditional public school system and a direct competitor for limited resources.

How does it work?

Each of the more than 7,700 charter schools is unique inside and out. Some incorporate the arts into each subject, others follow a STEM curriculum, project-based, and most focus on college preparation. Most charter schools are found in urban areas, but suburban and rural areas also have charter schools. Some charter schools have longer school days, require uniforms, and teach the entire curriculum in two languages. There are no limits to what can be done, but charter schools want to give parents a variety of choices so they can pick the public school for their child that works best for them.


The reasons parents select charter schools for their children are as individual as the students themselves. They pick sanctioned schools on account of areas of strength for the educators because the school's centre matches their youngster's necessities or because their kid was battling in their appointed government-funded school and expected to take a stab at a genuinely new thing. Families can become more involved in their children's education by choosing charter schools, which offer them alternatives to public education.

Who runs a charter school?

A state-approved charter school authorizer gives charter schools authority to serve and educate students and supports their efforts on a macro level; the entities that have been given authority by state law to approve charter schools and close ones that are failing. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers states six general categories of authorizes: non-educational government agencies like the mayor's office, non-profit organizations, school districts, and local education agencies. These are all examples of independent chartering boards.


A charter school, like a local non-profit or charity, is run on a day-to-day, operational level by a school leader or executive director and supervised by an appointed board. Unlike many traditional public schools, charter schools are not directly supervised by an elected school board. Most charter schools in the United States have only one campus; a growing number are run by larger management groups.

Charter School: How is it funded?

Like traditional district schools, charter schools typically receive state and local funding based on enrolment and federal funding for special education services. Additionally, charter school expansion grants are funded by the federal government. The majority of states do not provide funding for charter school buildings. In addition to district and private schools, charter schools can obtain additional funding from private donations. The college-prep and "no-excuse" charter school models have seen significant expansion in urban areas due to philanthropy. The wealthiest individuals in the nation who have invested in charter schools are as follows;

  • The heirs of Sam Walton

  • Don and Doris Fischer

  • The founders of the Gap

  • Bill and Melinda Gates

  • Eli and Edythe Broad

  • Netflix founder Reed Hastings

  • Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg

  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

These prominent personalities have made significant investments in the charter movement in their home states and nationally.

Are charter schools public or private?

Ultimately, state law and who you ask will determine where charter schools fall on the public-private spectrum. However, according to state laws, charter schools are typically regarded as public schools where students must take the same tests as traditional district schools. Those sheets control not all school locales. Many states give private schools tax money through education savings accounts, tax credits, and vouchers. Even though these private schools are subject to more regulation and receive tax money, they are still not considered public schools. Then there are traditional district schools known as magnet schools, with individual admissions policies that let them pick and choose students.

What is 'The Legacy School' about?

In Northeast Cleveland, Ohio, The Legacy School is a new tuition-free charter high school designed to serve students in grades 9-12. The Legacy School’s mission is to provide every child with a high-quality, high school education resulting in student readiness for success in college and beyond. We will decrease dropout rates and increase academics and college preparedness in historically underrepresented communities, such as Cleveland. Students will benefit from an early college academic experience using learning expeditions that facilitate a deeper understanding of students’ heritage, value, and self-worth, and the importance of academic confidence balanced with clubs, organizations, and teams at school and within the community. Ultimately students will develop a multi-year plan describing their “future facts” for career success, including how they will make their mark on the world.

The Legacy School will accomplish this mission through three interdependent programs that serve as the backbone of our school’s design. The Legacy School offers:

  • Experiential Learning in a culturally responsive academic program grounded in state learning standards. Under our guidance, students will construct their knowledge and develop meaning and understanding through study, experience, and reflection. Our students learn by doing, not by exclusively sitting in a classroom.

  • An Early College Credit component by which students have access to a robust offering of core courses and electives that will serve to reinforce and broaden what students learn in their Legacy School courses.

  • Legacy Learning Gateways provide academic and non-academic opportunities and are a requirement for graduation. Students will benefit from these innovative learning opportunities designed to ensure students are career and college ready at graduation. The Learning Expeditions help our students focus and develop diverse skill sets, including the ability to research, analyse, and apply concepts to real-world problems. Each student will develop a portfolio of exemplar assignments, contributions to learning, service-learning experiences, completion of the steps to applying for college/financial aid, and demonstrating his or her preparedness for college life. Students will present their portfolios to mentors and teachers and will defend them during their senior year.


With relative independence, contract schools are promoted to prod school and homeroom advancements and furnish guardians with more government-funded school decisions. School choice proponents assert that schools are forced to compete for students' attention and loyalty when there are more educational options, resulting in improvement across the board. Students and their parents are also drawn to innovative educational models. Charter schools frequently take different approaches to the curriculum, emphasize particular areas of study, like the arts or technology, or aim to serve particular student populations, like those in special education or at risk. The notion that a school must be a physical, brick-and-mortar structure has also been challenged by an increasing number of virtual or cyber charter schools providing better education opportunities for individuals.

The Legacy School is a Northeast Ohio based tuition-free public charter school serving students in grades 9-12. We offer students and parents an alternative to the traditional public school.

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