What is a Charter School?


Public charter schools were created by the state of Texas in 1995 to have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students and encourage more innovation in education.

Because they are public schools, charter schools are open to all children, do not charge tuition, do not have special requirements for admittance, and are not associated with any religion. The leaders and teachers of these student-centered, family and community-engaged schools are all passionate that every Texas student deserves a high-quality education.

Charter schools are public schools

Charter schools are free, open to all students and have no special entrance requirements. They are accountable to their board members, the Texas Education Agency, and the public on the same academic and financial standards that apply to traditional public schools.

Charter schools are a diverse system of schools

Charter schools were created to give parents an opportunity to choose the best fit model for their student. There is not a one-size-fits-all education, therefore charter schools offer a variety of different approaches to ensure that all Texas children have an opportunity at success in their public education schooling.

Charter schools are available to all students

Any student can apply to any charter school of their choosing through a free application process. When more students apply than there are seats at the school, a random lottery is held. Contrary to popular belief, charter schools do not cherry-pick their students.

* Includes information from the Texas Charter Schools Association.