Many charter schools have a unique curriculum or theme. This theme could range from a special language instruction to an emphasis on arts or science. Strict discipline and uniforms is a usual requirement.
A student does not have to reside within the attendance boundaries of a charter school. If your child has an interest in exploring specific curriculum and a particular charter school has a unique offering within this area, your child may apply for admission. You could live fifteen miles from the school and qualify for enrollment. This is one of the positive attributes of a charter school.
Even charter schools that succeed academically may struggle financially. In theory, the tax dollars spent to educate your child will follow them to the charter school. Often times such things as special facilities and student transportation must be funded from the charter school itself. Parents are often expected to assist with fund raising to support the school's mission.
Charter schools are public schools that are responsive to students' needs and are held accountable for improved student achievement.
The Charter Schools Act of 1992 gives charter schools the freedom to make quick and effective changes to respond to student's needs.
The 2015 fact sheet about charter schools, "Truth About Charters" is available in English and Spanish. To view videos about charter schools, created by the California Charter Schools Association, click here.
Our currently operating schools were awarded charters from the State of California Department of Education in 2008, 2009 & 2014. Ingenium Charter Middle School operates under a charter approved by Los Angeles Unified School District. Our newest school opened in August, 2014 (Clemente Charter School), also under a charter approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District. We are a member of the California Charter Schools Association.
Research shows charter schools do a better job increasing student achievement than traditional public schools.3 Over 460 charter schools in California are committed to standards and accountability through the Certified Charter Schools Program. Charter school parents cited challenging curriculum and individualized student attention as key reasons for their high level of satisfaction according to a 2007 University of Southern California (USC) field study.4