what is a charter school?
Charter schools are public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. Charter schools are independent, tuition free to in state students and highly accountable. Charter schools are operated in accordance to a specific mission or “charter”. The “charter” establishing each school, is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success.
As of January 2020 there are now 28 public charter schools operating in the New Hampshire and together these public schools serve over 3,800 families. New Hampshire charter schools offer New Hampshire students a diverse range of mission and program options to choose from. Charter schools allow children and their families to find the public education option that best serves their needs and interests. According to U.S. News and World Report there are now more than 6,500 chartered public schools operating in the United States.
New Hampshire charter schools offer a wide array of options for students including:Eight charter high schools provide alternative education programs designed to serve disengaged or educationally disadvantaged students;
– Eight charter high schools provide alternative education programs designed to serve disengaged or educationally disadvantaged students;
– Three charter grade schools provide students multi-age classrooms & a project-based curriculum;
– Three charter grade schools follow the child-centered Montessori education method;
– Two charter middle/high schools programs focus in advanced STEM fields;
– Two charter schools provide students a classical education and leadership model;
– Two charter high schools were designed using an arts & technology integrated curriculum;
– One “Virtual” charter school offers online education options to students throughout New Hampshire