Charter schools extend the privilege of educational choice to families, providing academic options for students in pursuit of their ideal learning experience. Charter schools are open to all children, free of charge, who are eligible to attend traditional public schools in the state of Michigan. Governed by a local Board of Directors, charter schools must meet and often exceed the educational standards of both its Authorizer and the State Board of Education. The same laws and academic expectations required of all public schools within the state of Michigan also govern charter schools.
The registered bylaws of the Board of Directors outline both the roles and responsibilities of the appointed School Board. Some Boards choose to employ an educational service provider to provide assistance with the executive leadership and management services for the school. Others choose to be self-managed, doing so under the leadership of both the School Board and the Academy Director.
Children attending charter schools benefit greatly from smaller class sizes, high academic standards, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Many charter schools are formed through a local founding group that is passionate about providing alternative educational choices to area children. Enthusiasm for a charter school becomes contagious, as board members, staff, families and community members are drawn to the Academy because their interests coincide with the school’s educational program and theme.
Charter schools desire to become partners with parents and guardians when it comes to student learning. As parents often transport their children to and from a charter school, there is a greater opportunity for active communication with faculty and staff, which furthers the home-school connection. Charter school operators recognize that parents have made an educated choice in choosing to send their child to the school, and the knowledge of this weighty decision motivates the staff, Headmaster, School Board and management company to not only meet, but to exceed parents’ academic expectations.