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.
There are 25 charter schools currently operating in the State of New Hampshire. These public schools offer New Hampshire students a diverse range of mission and program options to choose from. Charters 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 (2015), there are now more than 6,500 chartered public schools operating in the United States.
Access to diverse mission and program options