Charter schools are public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. Charter schools are independent, tuition free to in state students and highly accountable. Charter schools are operated in accordance to a specific mission or "charter". The "charter" establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. Charters are granted for a period of 5 years in New Hampshire.
There are 28 charter schools operating in New Hampshire and together these public schools serve approximately 2.5% of all public school pupils in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire charter schools unique among charters. Unlike other states all of the charter schools in New Hampshire were founded by local parents, teachers and administrators that identified a need in their community and designed a public school option to fill that need. Some of the aspects which make New Hampshire charter schools unique include:
In New Hampshire there are two forms of charter school authorization, (State & Local). There are important differences between these two forms of charter school authorization. Groups should understand the differences prior to moving forward with any application.
Who can apply to open a State Authorized charter school?
1. a nonprofit organization including, but not limited to, a college, university, museum, service club, or similar entity;
How are public schools funded in NH?
How are charter schools funded in New Hampshire?
Is transportation provided for students?
No, transportation is provided only if students who reside in the school district in which the school is located and request it. Most charter schools help maintain a student directory of contact information so that parents can work out car pooling arrangements among themselves. Quite a few families do carpool.
Special Education and Charter Schools
How are charter schools held account?
Charter school reauthorization (or denial)
In its forth year of operation a public charter school must notify its authorizing entity (The State Board of Education or Local District) of its intention to apply for renewal. The charter school's authorizer will send a team to the charter school to evaluate the charter school's academic and financial performance over the period of its operation. Interviews are held with parents, teachers, administrators and staff. The review team then prepares a report for the charter school authorizer who then holds a public hearing to determine if the charter school has met the conditions of its charter and to decide whether or not the charter school will be renewed (or denied).
Charter School Demographics
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