Resources

Family Handbook Exemplars

A family handbook provides charter school families with answers to their most common questions and helps to guide families and students in the school’s processes and policies related to the following:

  • School Calendar
  • Communication
  • Academics
  • Student Support
  • Student Behavior and Discipline
  • English Language Learners
  • Family Engagement
  • Student Health

Distributing Individualized State Test Score Information to Parents

Charter school parents do not have access to the DOE parent portal ARIS to view their child’s standardized test score results like parents with children in district schools do. The responsibility of communicating these standardized test score results, such as those from the state grades 3-8 ELA and Math exam, lies solely with the charter school. Most charter schools send out a letter to parents in the late summer or early fall following exam administration with test score information.

Operations Brief 2012 -2: Frequently-Asked Questions about the Open Meetings Law

Did you know that New York City charter schools are subject to the requirements of New York State's Open Meetings Law (OML)? The OML is based on a presumption of access that provides the public with the right to know in advance about meetings of public bodies and then to observe the meetings and deliberations. It applies explicitly to charter schools under the Charter Schools Act of 1998.

Parent Advocacy and Engagement

Parents are important advocates for their schools.  This presentation, intended for pre-authorization planning teams, focuses on effective practices for parent engagement and advocacy strategies.  In addition to offering numerous tips and advice, this presentation specifically covers steps needed to include a parent engagement plan on the charter application.

Education Plan: Support for Learning

This presentation is part of the Application Development Program commissioned by the New York City Charter School Center.  Created by charter school expert Cynthia Millinger, Education Plan: Support for Learning assists planning teams in developing an outreach program to involve the parents and local community.  Building a program that will pass the selective criteria of the authorizing agencies is a main theme of this presentation.