Did you know?
- A charter school in Colorado is a public school that is tuition free and open to all students.
- A charter school is a public school operated by a group of parents, teachers and/or community members
- A charter school operates under a charter (or contract) between the charter school and its authorizer, either a local school district or the Colorado Charter School Institute.
- A charter school is a semi-autonomous public school of choice; its local school district will not automatically assign students to the school. Charter schools must have a defined enrollment policy.
- Parents must apply to charter schools if they choose to enroll their child(ren) in a charter school.
- A charter school generally has more flexibility than traditional public schools as regards curriculum, fiscal management, and overall school operations, and may offer an education program that is more innovative than traditional public schools.
- A charter school may request waivers from provisions of state law and any state or local rule, regulation, policy, or procedure relating to schools in the school district.
- A charter school has flexibility through waivers; however, in exchange for this flexibility, the charter school is bound by contract to be held accountable for meeting the performance-based objectives specified in the charter.
- Charter schools receive state funding based on Per Pupil Operating Revenue (PPR), which is a formula for each student enrolled, just like traditional public schools.
Are charter schools public schools?
Yes, charter schools across the state are tuition free public schools.
How many charter schools are there in Colorado?
The number of charters schools in the state of Colorado continues to grow, with just over 260 schools serving students in the 2019-2020school year. There are no limits to the number of charter schools that can be opened in the state.
How are charter schools held accountable?
A charter school is accountable to the families in the school, the local school district or Charter School Institute, and the state. The charter school authorizer sponsors the charter school and, through a contract, has outlined certain provisions the charter school is responsible to fulfill. Charter schools are also required to participate in the state-mandated assessment program (CMAS and PSAT/SAT). It is through these assessments that charter schools, along with all other public schools in the state, are measured. School Performance Frameworks (SPFs) are issued annually for public schools in the state including charter schools.
- View more information on a specific school
- View more information on assessments, including comparative data
Are charter schools accredited?
Yes. The State Board of Education accredits public school districts. School districts in turn accredit the schools that meet their district accreditation standards. Charter schools are subject to all accreditation requirements. Many districts and charter schools seek additional accreditation through independent organizations. For more information on these accrediting agencies, consult your local district or charter school.
Further, the State Board of Education accredits the Charter School Institute through a similar process. Institute charter schools are accredited through the Institute and subject to the Institute’s accreditation requirements.
How is a charter school funded?
Charter schools receive 100% of the Per Pupil Revenues (PPR) or money designated by the state Legislature each year for operating expenses, capital reserve and risk insurance. The charter school authorizer may retain up to 5% of documented central administrative costs associated with oversight of the charter school. A charter school may choose to purchase services from their authorizer or a third party.
If a parent has a concern with their child's school, where should that concern be directed?
The parent should begin by contacting the personnel within the charter school. If that does not satisfactorily address the issue, make the governing board of the charter school aware of the issue. If unresolved there, the next step would be to contact the organization that authorized the charter school, either the local district or the Charter School Institute. The Colorado Department of Education does not authorize charter schools nor oversee the operation of charter schools within the state.
When must applications be filed and to whom should they be submitted?
The Colorado Charter Schools Act allows the local school board to determine the date by which charter school applications must be admitted. The date shall be any day between August 15 and October 1 of that school year unless waived by the State Board of Education. Charter school law requires the local school board to rule on the charter application within 75 days. CSI must rule on applications within 90 days (1 CCR 302-1 Rule 5). Charter applicants will need to check with the appropriate school district or CSI for their application deadline.
Who will review the charter school application?
For charter applications submitted to a local school district, the Charter Schools Act [C.R.S. 22-30.5-107 (1.5)] requires the school district’s accountability committee to review charter school applications. The review team must include 1) a person with a demonstrated knowledge of charter schools and 2) a parent of a charter school student, or a parent of a public school student should there not be a charter school in that school district. The school district may also choose to have their various departments review the application. The school district board of education reviews the application prior to its decision to approve or deny the application.
The Charter School Institute board will review applications submitted to CSI. The board may solicit opinions concerning the application from staff or other qualified experts as they deem appropriate. The local school district in which the school will be located must be notified by the applicant that an application has been submitted. The local district board and the accountability committee of the district may submit written comment concerning the application for consideration by the CSI board.
If a charter school application is denied, can it be appealed?
Yes, a denied charter school applicant may appeal to the State Board of Education within 30 days of the vote. The state board then has 60 days to hear the appeal. If the state board remands the application back to the school district for further consideration, the local board has 30 days to reconsider the application. If at that time, the local board again denies the charter school, the applicant can appeal to the state board a second time. The state board’s decision at the second hearing is final.
For Charter School Institute schools, the applicant may also appeal to the State Board of Education within 30 days of the vote. The state board again has 60 days to hear the appeal. For CSI applicants, the initial decision of the State Board of Education is final and not subject to a second appeal.
Do schools receive startup funding?
Most charter schools apply for Colorado Charter School Grant funds for financial assistance with startup and implementation needs. Most, but not all, applications for startup grants receive funding. New charter schools are sometimes able to borrow funds from their authorizing school districts. In addition, there are a limited number of private grants for which charter schools may apply.
View more information on the Colorado Charter School Grant funding
Are charter schools eligible for state funds for capital needs?
The Colorado Legislature has in recent years provided funds to charter schools for capital construction to be distributed on a per pupil basis as determined by the October 1 student count. It is important to note that the General Assembly changes the amount of capital construction funds annually.
VIew more information on this program and past funding amounts
Who provides transportation to a charter school?
Due to finances and the need to pay for facilities out of operating revenue, many charter schools do not provide bus transportation for students. Parents often organize car pools to provide transportation. Public transportation is used in some areas when it is available. Some charter schools do have agreements with their school district for bus service. Whenever this is done, the agreement is in the written charter/contract.
Are charter schools nonprofits?
Charter schools are public schools by law and, therefore, are tax exempt. Charter schools also are allowed to form as non‐profit organizations, which most do. Filing Articles of Incorporation as a non‐profit organization is all that is required to obtain a separate tax identification number and establish the school as a non‐profit corporation.
In addition, most charter schools take the additional step of filing Form 1023 with the Internal Revenue Service to apply for a specific designation as a 501(c)(3) organization. This refers to a specific section of the Internal Revenue Code. Receiving an official designation as a 501(c)(3) organization does not change the tax exempt status of the charter school. It merely clarifies it for some entities, most notably charitable organizations and potential funders who require official 501(c)(3) documentation in order to give grants. Official recognition also may require the charter school to file informational tax returns (Form 990) annually.
There is not necessarily a best practice when it comes to choosing whether or not to file for 501(c)(3) designation. This is an important decision that should be made in consultation with the school’s attorney.
Do charter schools serve students with special needs?
Yes. The Charter Schools Act [C.R.S. 22-30.5-104 (3)] prohibits discrimination on the basis of need for special education services. As a public school, a charter school must comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and any state special education laws.
View more information on charter schools and special education
Are laws and regulations waived for charter schools?
The technical means by which charter schools operate is through receiving waivers from certain state statutes or rules. The State Board of Education has determined certain waivers may be automatically granted to charter schools. Local school districts or the Charter School Institute may seek additional waivers from state laws and regulations from the State Board of Education on behalf of the charter school they have authorized. Each waiver from state statue and rule must contain rationale as to why the waiver is being requested and a replacement plan indicating how the school will continue to meet the intent of the law. After executing a charter/contract, an authorizer must file the approved contract, including waiver requests, with the State Board within 10 days. The State Board will act on the waiver application within 45 days. A charter school may also seek waivers from district policies from the local board of education. For more information on applying for waivers, visit the Charter Schools page of the CDE website and look under Technical Assistance.
Do charter schools have requirements for admissions?
No. The Charter Schools Act [C.R.S. 22-30.5-104 (3)] and State Board Rule, 1 CCR 301-88, Sections 2.02(D)&(E) prohibits discrimination based on academic ability. Diagnostic or placement exams may be given to students after they have been officially enrolled. As with all public schools, a charter school may create eligibility thresholds for enrollment that are consistent with their area of focus or grade levels, but the school’s methods for determining eligibility cannot be designed, intended, or used to discriminate on the basis of a child’s knowledge, skills, or disability. For instance, a charter high school may deny admission to a student not completing the 8th grade, but it cannot deny admission to a student who has an “unsatisfactory” score on state assessments.
Do charter school teachers need to have a license in order to teach?
No. Charter schools in Colorado may apply for a waiver from licensure laws so that they are able to employ teachers without a current Colorado license. For more information, please see CDE’s guidance here: [https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdechart/boardrule-autowaivers]. Check with each individual charter school for more information on that individual school’s requirements.
Are charter schools required to adopt state content standards and use state assessments?
Yes. The charter school application must include a description of the school’s educational program “that has been proven to be effective, pupil performance standards, measurable annual achievement goals that are based on the state accreditation indicators…” [C.R.S. 22-30.5-106 (e)]. Additionally, the State Board of Education will not grant waivers to the state-mandated assessment program (CSAP) or School Accountability Reports [C.R.S. 22-30.5-104 (6)] or any other accreditation requirements.
What questions should a parent askbefore choosing to send their child to that school?
All charter schools are different, even if they use the same curriculum. Ask questions about the school’s educational program, leadership (governing board and administration), faculty, and policies. Most schools will provide a Parent/Student Handbook, which includes general information. As you learn more about specific charter schools, keep in mind your particular child. What type of educational approach best suits your child’s needs? Think about what you are looking for in a school (geographical proximity, a specific curriculum, or a particular focus). An additional resource for information on specific charter schools is available on SchoolView.
How do I find out how a particular charter school is doing?
All public schools, including charter schools, receive a School Accountability Report. Those reports are available at SchoolView.
How do I enroll my child in a charter school?
Contact the charter school and fill out an “Intent to Enroll” form for the school(s) you are interested in. This does not obligate you to enroll your child, but does include your child in any future lottery if the charter school uses a lottery system. Some charter schools enroll students on a “first-come, first-served” basis, and the “Intent to Enroll” form will put your child on a wait list. If your child is awarded a seat in the charter school by lottery or by wait list, you will be notified. Parents/guardians generally have a stated amount of time to officially enroll their child in the school or the seat is given to another student.
Who may apply for a charter?
Any person, or group of persons, may apply for a public charter school. The authorizer (a local school district or Charter School Institute) determines whether or not to approve a charter school application. If approved, a charter contract is executed by the authorizer and the governing board of the charter school. The charter school governing board may contract with an education management organization (EMO) for services; however, an EMO may not be party to a public charter school contract. Charter schools may organize as non-profits and may offer an online educational program. The Charter Schools Act prohibits private school conversion or a home-school charter.
What are the first steps to starting a charter school?
Begin by organizing a small group of people who share your vision for a new school. Find out if your school district has been granted exclusive chartering authority by going to ourpage. If the district has retained exclusive chartering authority, contact them to find out who their charter liaison is. If the district has not retained exclusive chartering authority and you are interested in submitting an application, visit theCharter School Institutesite directly. More information on how to start a charter school in Colorado can be found on theStart a CO Charter website.
What is the Charter School Institute?
In 2004 House Bill 04-1362 created the Charter School Institute (CSI). CSI has the authority to approve or deny charter school applications, monitor Institute charter school operations, and assist in conversion of a district charter school to an Institute charter school. CSI may authorize charter schools in districts that 1) have not retained exclusive chartering authority (ECA) in their district and 2) in districts that retain ECA and either release the charter to apply to CSI or waive ECA. For a list of districts that retain exclusive chartering authority, visit ourpage, then click on "exclusive chartering authority."
Top Five Questions to Ask When Choosing a Charter School
- What are the School's Core Values? ...
- Is There a Waiting List? ...
- What is the Student-Teacher Ratio? ...
- Is There an Established Curriculum/Study Program? ...
- What is the Parent's Roll with the Charter School?
At the organizational level, though, critics say charter schools harm the wider public school district, due to funding and transparency concerns. “I'm opposed to publicly funded charter schools that are run privately,” said Joseph Roy, superintendent of schools at the school district in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.Why do teachers oppose charter schools? ›
Teachers' unions often fight charter schools by claiming that they are less accountable to students and families because many operate under less burdensome regulations than do traditional public schools. The real reason for their opposition, of course, is that charter school teachers are not unionized.How do charter schools in Colorado work? ›
A charter school in Colorado is a public school that is tuition free and open to all students. A charter school operates under a charter (or contract) between the charter school and its authorizer, either a local school district or the Colorado Charter School Institute.What should you not say in a school interview? ›
Topics to Avoid
Don't tell your interviewer about personal hobbies that aren't relevant to the school or interview, or talk too much about friends, family, and other aspects of your life that don't show how you might contribute as a student.
The most rigorous studies conducted to date have found that charter schools are not, on average, better or worse in student performance than the traditional public school counterparts. This average result, however, obscures tremendous variation between individual charter schools and charter schools in different states.Why are people against charters? ›
Charter school critics argue that charters are fundamentally undemocratic. They do not have to operate by the same rules as district schools and in most places do not have to be as transparent about how they spend public money. They are run by private boards who do not have to be accountable to the public.Why are charter schools so strict? ›
These organizations argue strict discipline is necessary to instill an orderly learning environment and achieve college acceptances in schools that were previously overrun by misbehavior and violence.What is a primary criticism of charter schools? ›
What is a primary criticism of charter schools? Critics claim that charter schools divert public school dollars to wealthier families that are more likely to have the ability to forgo attending their neighborhood school.Which criticism of charter schools is often made? ›
The top criticism of charters is that they rob funding from district schools.
Because charter schools have a certain degree of independence that allows them to offer specialized courses and use different approaches to learning, many times they are able to offer the unique programs that students need in order to feel that they fit in.Do charter schools outperform? ›
Charter high schools performed higher than traditional high schools on the Academic Performance Index (API), which combines results from multiple subjects; however, math scores were lower in charter high schools.What are the pros and cons of working at a charter school? ›
- Pro: An empowering environment. ...
- Con: Potential for overwork. ...
- Pro: 'At-will' employment. ...
- Con: A smaller paycheck. ...
- Pro: Plenty of opportunities. ...
- Con: Management and quality uncertainties.
Charter schools do not charge tuition. Charter schools use non-discriminatory enrollment practices. There are no test-in requirements to attend charter schools. There are 265 charter schools in Colorado serving over 134,000 students ('21-22).What is a public charter school in Colorado? ›
In the state of Colorado charter schools are public schools that operate via a contract with an authorizer such as the local school district or, in some cases, the Colorado Charter School Institute.What are 5 mistakes you should not make during an interview? ›
- Being unprepared.
- Dressing inappropriately.
- Talking too much or not enough.
- Criticising previous employers or colleagues.
- Failing to ask questions.
- How to succeed at interview.
Avoid mentioning any mistakes that demonstrate a flaw in your character (for example, a time you got in trouble for fighting at work). Sometimes a good mistake to mention is a team mistake. You don't want to place all the blame on your teammates, but you can say that you collectively made an error.What are 3 things you should avoid in an interview? ›
- Not Doing Your Research. ...
- Turning Up Late. ...
- Dressing Inappropriately. ...
- Fidgeting With Unnecessary Props. ...
- Poor Body Language. ...
- Unclear Answering and Rambling. ...
- Speaking Negatively About Your Current Employer. ...
- Not Asking Questions.
As of the 2020-21 school year, California far surpasses all other states in the number of charter schools and campuses (1,334).What state has the best public education? ›
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The purpose of section 32 is to make it clear that the Charter only applies to governments, and not to private individuals, businesses, or other organizations.Do charter schools increase segregation? ›
One nationwide study looking at between-grade differences of charter schools and traditional public schools found that charter school growth led to a small overall increase in racial and ethnic school segregation in public schools.How do charter schools work? ›
Charter schools do not draw students from an assigned area; families choose to send their children to them. If demand for enrollment in a charter school exceeds space, students are usually picked by a random lottery. Charter schools educate only a small share of the nation's public-school students–about 6 percent.What is the no excuses model? ›
These “no-excuses” schools serve predominantly low-income Black and Latinx students. The term itself means these schools are going to make no excuses for student failure, irrespective of student background. They're not going to say, “These students came to us three grades behind, so we can't get them to college.”How can I get an excuse for school? ›
- Due to his/her illness.
- Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.
- Medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic appointments.
- Attending the funeral services of a member of his/her immediate family.
Charter schools attract a higher percentage of black students than traditional public schools, in part because they tend to be located in urban areas. As a result, charter school enrollment patterns display high levels of minority segregation, trends that are particularly severe for black students.What is one factor that makes charter schools different from regular district schools? ›
One factor that makes charter schools different from regular district schools is: Regular schools are run by the district and the state; charters are run by private groups, either of community members or corporations.How are charter schools different from public schools and why are they hurting the system of public education in the US? ›
The Difference Between Charter and Public
Rather than being part of a public school district, which dictates curriculum and standards in all schools, charters operate autonomously through individual agreements, or charters, with state or local governments that dictate rules and performance standards.
Charter schools, on average, serve different populations of students from traditional public schools: they enroll higher proportions of black students than white students in elementary and middle schools, and tend to enroll higher proportions of Hispanic students in middle and high schools.Which of the following is a characteristics of charter schools? ›
However, charter schools generally share three characteristics: They are public schools - free to attend, publicly funded, part of the state school system, and accountable to public bodies for their results. They are schools of choice, so they do not enroll students solely based on where they live.
Critics of charter schools argue that they lead to segregation, with quality education exclusively for wealthier students and unqualified teachers in out-dated facilities for students in low-income demographics.Why were charter schools originally created? ›
The original intent of charter schools in California was to improve student learning while encouraging the use of different and innovative teaching methods and creating new professional opportunities for educators.How do parents feel about charter schools? ›
Charter schools offer high-quality education options to communities. In fact, 70% of Californian parents support charter public schools and 72% agree they should have more public school options.How are charter schools funded in California? ›
Charter schools receive Principal Apportionment funds through a combination of in-lieu of property taxes and state funds, with state funding composed of funds from the State School Fund and Education Protection Account.What is a charter school in California? ›
A charter school is a public school that may provide instruction in any combination of grades (kindergarten through grade twelve). Parents, teachers, or community members may initiate a charter petition, which is typically presented to and approved by a local school district governing board.Why do charter schools have high turnover? ›
There are many reasons for teacher turnover in charter schools, especially those in low-income neighborhoods. Among these are high-stress work environments, lack of autonomy in the classroom. But by far the most common reason young educators give for leaving the classroom is financial stress.Are charter schools a good investment? ›
On average, each dollar invested in a child's K-12 schooling in traditional public schools yields $4.41 in lifetime earnings compared to $6.37 in lifetime earnings from each dollar invested in a child in public charter schools—a 45 percent advantage for students in public charter schools.Are charter schools innovative? ›
No. Charter schools were intended to be centers of education experimentation and innovation, but they generally don't invent new teaching methods or develop and spread new education practices. They're businesses first, and schools second.Why are charter schools so controversial? ›
At the organizational level, though, critics say charter schools harm the wider public school district, due to funding and transparency concerns. “I'm opposed to publicly funded charter schools that are run privately,” said Joseph Roy, superintendent of schools at the school district in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.Is it good to be a teacher in charter school? ›
While variety, flexibility and smaller class sizes may sound appealing, they often come with lower pay and longer hours. Charter school teaching jobs tend to be easier to find than positions in public schools, and this is a great option for new teachers.
How is a charter school funded? Charter schools receive 100% of the Per Pupil Revenues (PPR) or money designated by the state Legislature each year for operating expenses, capital reserve and risk insurance.Is Colorado a school of choice? ›
The Public Schools of Choice law allows resident pupils to enroll at schools in Colorado districts for which they are not zoned. Also referred to as Open Enrollment (PDF). Check with your local school district for specific information.Do charter school teachers have to be certified in Colorado? ›
Alaska Yes Arizona No Arkansas Yes, unless a waiver is granted in the charter. California Yes Colorado Yes, unless a waiver is granted in the charter.When did charter schools start in Colorado? ›
The Colorado Charter School Act passed in 1993, and within months, the state's first two charter schools opened their doors: Academy Charter School in Castle Rock and The Connect School in Pueblo.How are charter schools different from regular public schools quizlet? ›
Charter schools are also mandated by private agencies, while public schools are mandated by state curriculum. Likewise, charter schools have freedom and autonomy to operate under their own standards of curriculum unlike traditional public schools.Why do you want to work at a charter school? ›
Flexibility. A charter school offers educators flexibility. Charter schools often offer convenient hours for educators so they can meet with parents and students who work or have other commitments. This allows the educator to create a schedule that works for their students and their own family.How do you stand out in a school interview? ›
- Know your school. You've already done the school research, now you just need to review everything. ...
- Know yourself. ...
- Arrive early. ...
- Elaborate. ...
- Ask questions. ...
- Mock interviews. ...
- Top 25 college admissions interview questions:
School Interview Tips for Children
- Spend Time. ...
- Teach Them to Be Confident. ...
- Provide Detailed Information. ...
- Dressing Sense. ...
- Build Skills. ...
- Leaving Good Impression with Your Etiquettes.
- Practice, Practice, Practice. I suggest that students do at least one practice interview with an adult who is not their parent. ...
- Presentation is Key. ...
- Give Your Child an Agenda. ...
- Things Not to Say. ...
- Ask Questions. ...
- Don't Forget to Prepare for the Parent Interview.
Con: A smaller paycheck
Many charter schools lack the financial resources to compensate for this inequity with a strong benefits package. They may not take part in a teacher retirement program or offer full health insurance coverage for entire families.
- Increased Diversity. ...
- More Parent Involvement. ...
- Smaller Class Sizes. ...
- Schedule Flexibility. ...
- Many Opportunities for Employment.
Popular examples include:
- Organisation skills.
- Highly motivated.
- Love the brand / company agenda.
- Your experience – maybe you have an impressive amount of experience in this sector.
- Your love for the sector.
- I Am Familiar Your Company.
- I Am Flexible.
- I Am Energetic and Positive.
- I Have Experience.
- I Am a Team Player.
- I Am Seeking to Become an Expert.
- I Am Highly Motivated.
- The Bottom Line.
They are put in a pile of applications that the school thinks they will interview. From there, human eyes review said interview-potential applicants and make the decision.What are 3 tips for interviews? ›
- Be on time. ...
- Know the interviewer's name, its spelling, and pronunciation. ...
- Have some questions of your own prepared in advance. ...
- Bring several copies of your resume. ...
- Have a reliable pen and a small note pad with you. ...
- Greet the interviewer with a handshake and a smile.
- Tell me about yourself.
- What attracted you to our company?
- Tell me about your strengths.
- What are your weaknesses?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Tell me about a time where you encountered a business challenge?
- Tell Me About Yourself. ...
- Why Are You the Best Person for the Job? ...
- Why Do You Want This Job? ...
- How Has Your Experience Prepared You for This Role? ...
- Why Are You Leaving (or Have Left) Your Job? ...
- What Is Your Greatest Strength? ...
- What Is Your Greatest Weakness?
- Practice. Practicing for a job interview beforehand can help you feel more confident when you find yourself sitting across from the interviewer. ...
- Think Positive. Just because you are shy doesn't mean that you can't walk into an interview feeling confident. ...
- Promote Yourself. ...
- Ask Questions.
- Pause. If an interviewer asks tricky interview questions, you don't have to answer right away! ...
- Prepare Notes. ...
- Consider What the Employer is REALLY Asking. ...
- Provide Examples. ...
- Be Honest, But Positive. ...
- Practice. ...
If the private school is fairly strict, go for something like a pair of slacks or a skirt. For boys, wear a collared shirt or at least a t-shirt with no signs, symbols or pictures on the front. For girls, go for a shirt and slacks or a modest skirt with a pair of flats.