Charter Schools

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Charter schools are public schools open to all students who apply as long as seats are available. There is no eligibility criteria or admission exams, and all students are invited to apply. Because charter schools are governed by independent boards, they are granted more autonomy in exchange for higher accountability than traditional neighborhood schools.

Funding Model

Retirement Plan

Most charter schools invest in various private retirement accounts, with a few exceptions. Be sure to ask about a school’s retirement savings plan in your interview!

Students Served

Open Enrollment

Teacher Certification

Teaching certification is not a legal requirement to teach as a full time educator at charter schools. Each charter school decides what requirements and supports they will specify for staff. Be sure to ask in interviews what the certification requirements are.