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What is a Charter School?

What is a Charter School?

“Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Because they are public schools, they are open to all children, do not charge tuition, and do not have special entrance requirements.”
— National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Charter schools are independent public schools governed by a board of directors. There is no tuition. Charter schools receive public funding from the state, as well as some funding from federal sources. At Le Monde International School, any funding gaps are made up by fundraising, grants, and partnerships.

Charter school funding

“Charter schools are public schools. Like district public schools, they are funded according to enrollment (also called average daily membership, or ADM), and receive funding from the district and the state according to the number of students attending.

“Unlike traditional district schools, most charter schools do not receive funding to cover the cost of securing a facility. Charter schools that are “converted” from traditional public schools begin with established capital, namely the school and its facilities, but many newly started charters struggle to come up with the necessary funds. Only a few states provide capital funding to start-up schools. Some start-up schools are able to take over available unused district space, but most rely on other, independent means. Recent federal legislation provides funding to help charters with start-up costs, but the task remains imposing.” (View reference.)

Common Questions:

Who can enroll in a charter school?

Charter schools are “choice” schools, which means that parents and students choose which school they would like to attend and are limited only by space availability. 

How much does it cost?

As a public charter school, there is no cost for residents in any Oklahoma district. Again, there is no tuition at a charter school.

Are charter schools subject to state and federal laws?

A charter school is subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, and ancestry. Le Monde has spelled out this non-discrimination policy in its Charter Application.