Keyword for this page: Charter

Definition of a Charter School:

Charter schools are public schools operating under a performance contract or “charter.” The charter allows the school to operate under defined rules and regulations. As part of the contract between the charter school and the sponsor (the school board), charter schools are held strictly accountable for academic and financial results.

Purpose of a Charter School: 
Charter schools are independent public schools, which are fiscally and academically accountable to the sponsoring school system, but exempt from district and most state statutes. The schools also have control over 95% of the student funds generated through student enrollments. This freedom is intended to allow charter schools to be more innovative, demonstrate better student performance, and make the local school the agent of change for the students the school serves.

Types of Charter Schools:

  • Start Up Charter Schools- Start up charter schools are educational institutions that did not exist prior to being granted charter school status. These brand new schools are often started by parents, community members, business partners, etc. These schools may offer a specialized curriculum or serve a specific student population such as at-risk students or special needs students.
  • Conversion Charter Schools- A conversion charter school is an existing public school that converts to charter school status. This process requires agreement from the teachers and parents of the charter school, the submittal and approval of a charter application by the sponsor, and the negotiation of a charter contract. Final approval of a charter contract is voted on by the school board after a public hearing.

Click here to view the list of Charter Schools.

Potential Charter Applicants:

Charter Schools in Florida shall be guided by the following principals: Meet high standards of student achievement while providing parents flexibility to choose among diverse educational opportunities within the state’s public school system; promote enhanced academic success and financial efficiency by aligning responsibility with accountability; provide parents with sufficient information on whether their child is reading at grade level and whether the child gains at least a year’s worth of learning for every year spent in the charter school. Charter schools are fully recognized as public schools.

For Charter Applications and other Charter School related forms please visit: Florida Department of Education.

Contact Information

Charter Schools

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 391
Bartow, FL 33831-0391

Staff Listing

Name: Title:
Melissa Brady Director, Charter Schools
Vanessa Glenn Specialist, Charter Schools
Brandy Weaver Secretary III, Charter Schools