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New Hampshire Charter Public Schools

What are Charter Schools?

Charter schools are public schools. They operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools but agree to greater accountability. 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. Charters are granted for a term of five years. At the end of the term, the entity granting the charter may renew the school's contract. Charter schools are accountable to their sponsor, usually a state or local school board, to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract.

In exchange for this accountability, charter schools have the freedom 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 quickly modified to meet the needs of the student population. Since the initiative to start a charter school can come from a wide variety of entities - parents, teachers, community/business leaders, entrepreneurs and school districts, for example - there typically is significant community involvement and support.

There are four primary objectives to the New Hampshire Charter School Program:

  • Objective 1: Increase the number of high quality charter schools in New Hampshire, particularly those serving educationally disadvantaged students most at risk in rural and urban settings.
  • Objective 2: Use federal CSP grant funds to improve student achievement for secondary charter school students and increase graduation rates.
  • Objective 3: Support the dissemination of charter schools best practices to other public schools and LEAs.
  • Objective 4: Empower charter schools to become strong independent organizations and support charter school efforts to be fiscally responsible.

    Charter Schools Program Assurances - State Educational Agencies CSP Assurances for SEA
About Charter Schools Charter School Dissemination Subgrant
Accountability/Reporting Requirements Charter School Renewal Process and Renewal Information
Inspection Forms and Fiscal Requirements Charter School Approval Process (requires authorization by State Board of Education) - Step 1
Approved Charter Schools Charter School Start-up Funding Process and Information - Step 2
Approved Charter Schools (CLOSED) Helpful Resources
Charter School Advisory Committee Charter School Happenings and Events

Michelle Gauthier, Program Specialist
Charter School Office
Telephone: (603) 271-3582
Fax: (603) 271-7381

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