Charter schools are free
public schools open to
all New York City children.
Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools are independent of the Department of Education. Charter schools are held accountable for advancing student achievement; if they do not meet their goals, a charter school can be closed. The combination of freedom and accountability
for success allows charter schools to try new approaches, respond to
community needs and put student learning first.
Prepare students for college and career
NYC charter school students typically outperform their district counterparts on state exams.
New York state’s first charter school opened in Harlem in 1999, nearly a year after the passage of the Charter Schools Act. Since then an average of 12 charter schools have opened in New York City annually. Today, nearly 8% of the city’s public school children are being educated in a charter school.
Research has repeatedly shown that New York City has one of the top performing charter school sectors in the country.