About Charter Schools and
Facts About HOPE Charter School
History of Charter Schools
The national charter school movement began in 1992
when the first charter school legislation was passed. By 2003, there were 40
states with charter school legislation. There are now almost 3,000 charter
What is a charter school?
A charter school is a public school that...
- is independent, accountable and tuition-free
- is governed by its own volunteer, non-compensated board of trustees
- is open to any child city-wide
- adopts an innovative curriculum
- is funded by tax dollars
Differences between charter schools
and traditional public schools
Charter schools differ from traditional public schools in three ways:
accountability, choice, and autonomy.
- Accountability - If a charter school fails, it will be held accountable to
improve or it will be closed.
- Choice - A charter school is a choice in public education for
individuals interested in creating or accessing unique educational
opportunities, usually done by grassroots organizations and formulated with
a unique theme.
- Autonomy - Charter schools are free from traditional bureaucracy allowing
time and resources to focus on the students’ needs.
Some facts and figures about
HOPE Charter School
- We opened in September 2002.
- We are a small school – only
about 440 students
- Our classroom size is small
– an average of 18 students per teacher.
- We have a remarkably high attendance rate for a high school - on average 86%
- For the last two years,
every student graduate has been offered a college place