What are Charter Schools?
Charter schools are public and tuition-free schools. The focus of each public charter school is unique and based on the educational needs and interests of a particular community.
Public charter schools are granted a "charter" for a term of five years. The school's "charter" is a performance contract detailing its mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success.
Public charter schools operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools but agree to greater accountability. In exchange for this accountability, charter schools have the flexibility to choose the methods and processes they believe will best help the school deliver results. Innovative teaching practices and strategies, class structure and other academic tools can be used and tested and then modified to meet the needs of the student population.
Typically, the initiative to start a public charter school has significant community involvement and support. A wide variety of entities can establish a public charter school to include parents, teachers, community/business leaders, entrepreneurs and school districts.
There are four primary objectives to the New Hampshire Charter Schools Program (CSP):
|About Charter Schools||Charter School Authorization - Step 1
(process to establish a Charter School)
|Approved Charter Schools||Charter School Federal Startup Funds - Step 2
(process to apply for startup funds)
|Accountability/Reporting Requirements||Inspection Forms and Fiscal Requirements|
|Charter School Advisory Committee||Charter School Dissemination Subgrant|
|Closed Charter Schools|
|Charter School Happenings and Events||Helpful Resources|
Michelle Gauthier, Program Specialist
Charter School Office
Telephone: (603) 271-3582
Fax: (603) 271-7381