Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that focus on an innovative teaching method or program of instruction. Charter schools are granted greater flexibility than traditional schools, in exchange for higher accountability.
Charter schools are not private schools; they are funded in the same way as traditional public schools, except that they typically cannot levy local taxes to fund their facilities. Since they are backed by state and federal funding, they must meet the same academic standards as traditional schools; they’re graded on the same state and national school “report cards.”
Charter schools have only been around for two decades, but there are now more than 6,500 charter schools serving more than 2.6 million children in the U.S. This meteoric rise is due in part to the successful way charter schools respond to the demands of parents, students, educators, and the challenges of the future. Athlos Academies is proud to be a leader in this forward-thinking academic movement.