Charter schools are independent public schools operated by a non-profit organization. They hire their own teachers, design their own academic programs, and control their own finances. They have their own governing board that makes decisions for the school.
All charter schools must provide a curriculum that meets the Florida Standards. These schools must also hire certified teachers. In Florida, charter schools are accountable to the school district in which they reside for student academic performance and fiscal management, but they are not managed by the District. Parents interested in information about a charter school may contact the charter school or visit the charter school's web site.
Nonprofit organizations interested in starting a charter school in their community must develop a charter school application and submit it to the district by February 1st of each year for approval by the School Board.