What Are Charter Schools?
Charter schools are free public schools open to all New York City children.
Though public, they are not run by the NYC Department of Education. Charter schools operate independently, according to the terms of a performance contract or “charter.” Charter schools commit to meeting specific academic goals set by New York State, including raising student achievement, then make their own decisions about how to achieve them. If the goals are not met, the charter may be revoked and the school closed.
Because they are independent from the district system, charter schools have greater flexibility in the way they operate. Charter schools are free to develop their own academic program, choose staff, set educational goals, offer a longer school day and school year, and establish their own standards for student behavior.
The combination of freedom and accountability for success allows charter schools to respond to community needs, try new approaches, and put students’ learning first.