Charters schools are public schools. They are non-sectarian, tuition-free and open to any student who wishes to attend. Charter schools allow parents, teachers and the community to transform our public school system. Choice is a powerful tool for parents seeking access to quality education for their children.
While school districts are required to provide adequate and equivalent facilities to eligible charter schools under state law, districts vary in their compliance with this law. Many charter schools secure their own facilities, using public and private financing, or donations. Many charter schools choose to operate in a nontraditional facility because it may better serve the requirements of a unique program model.
Charter schools are open to ALL children and they are committed to serving a student body that reflects the local community. Enrollment figures show that charter school students are just as diverse (racially and economically) as students who attend traditional district schools. By law, charter schools cannot have admission processes that unlawfully discriminate against students. Charter schools accept all students who want to attend. If there are more students who want to attend than there are seats available, a charter school will use a process to randomly select students, oftentimes a lottery system.
If a charter school receives more students than it has spots available, it is required by law to hold a lottery to determine which students will have the opportunity to attend. Many charter schools have waitlists and may admit more students from the waitlist as spots become available.
Parents interested in enrolling their child simply download the application and send a completed copy to the school office.
Charter schools must hire teachers who are certified or eligible for certification by the Florida Department of Education.