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What Are Public Charter Schools?

Charters are independent public schools that foster a partnership between parents, teachers and students – all of whom are held accountable for improved academic performance. This partnership fosters an environment in which teachers have the freedom to innovate, parents can become more involved and students can receive the structure they need to learn.

What makes charter schools public schools?

  • Charters are designed to improve our nation’s public school system. They operate independently of school districts and are:
  • Tuition-free and open to every student who wishes to enroll;
  • Non-sectarian and do not discriminate on any basis;
  • Publicly funded by local, state and federal tax dollars based on enrollment;
  • Held accountable to state and federal academic standards like other public schools.

How Do Charter Schools Work?

Charters improve student performance in innovative ways such as:

  • Offering longer school days. Charters set their own school calendars and operating hours.
  • Adjusting curricula to meet student needs. Teachers help determine their curricula and often change materials mid-year to enhance student achievement. Charters also enable students to spend more on core subjects they need most.
  • Establishing a unique school culture. Charters build upon core academic subjects by creating a culture or adopting a theme. Areas of focus include: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), performing arts, project-based learning, environmental and cultural awareness, college preparation, career readiness and Hawaiian language immersion.
  • Developing next-generation learning models. Charters completely rethink the meaning of “classroom.” In Hawaii, students learn biology with the sky as their ceiling and the ocean as their learning environment. Virtual schools, existing completely online, use technology to change classroom dynamics. Other schools combine virtual classroom time with actual classroom time in a campus building. In both cases, students learn from experts located anywhere in the world.




What Are Public Charter Schools?


Charters are independent public schools that foster a partnership between parents, teachers and students – all of whom are held accountable for improved academic performance. This partnership fosters an environment in which teachers have the freedom to innovate, parents can become more involved and students can receive the structure they need to learn.


What makes charter schools public schools?



  • Charters are designed to improve our nation’s public school system. They operate independently of school districts and are:

  • Tuition-free and open to every student who wishes to enroll;

  • Non-sectarian and do not discriminate on any basis;

  • Publicly funded by local, state and federal tax dollars based on enrollment;

  • Held accountable to state and federal academic standards like other public schools.

How Do Charter Schools Work?


Charters improve student performance in innovative ways such as:



  • Offering longer school days. Charters set their own school calendars and operating hours.

  • Adjusting curricula to meet student needs. Teachers help determine their curricula and often change materials mid-year to enhance student achievement. Charters also enable students to spend more on core subjects they need most.

  • Establishing a unique school culture. Charters build upon core academic subjects by creating a culture or adopting a theme. Areas of focus include: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), performing arts, project-based learning, environmental and cultural awareness, college preparation, career readiness and Hawaiian language immersion.

  • Developing next-generation learning models. Charters completely rethink the meaning of “classroom.” In Hawaii, students learn biology with the sky as their ceiling and the ocean as their learning environment. Virtual schools, existing completely online, use technology to change classroom dynamics. Other schools combine virtual classroom time with actual classroom time in a campus building. In both cases, students learn from experts located anywhere in the world.


 


Hawaii Public Charter Schools