12. Do charter schools have to enroll any and all students?

Charter schools must serve all students, including those with special needs. They may cap class size if approved by their sponsor. If the number of applicants exceeds the spaces available they must provide an equitable system such as a lottery for enrolling students. To learn about admission to a specific charter school, you may want to consider:

  • viewing the school’s admissions policies and procedures
  • obtaining a description of how the school meets the needs of all students, including handicapped and other special needs students
  • reviewing the marketing materials used to recruit students
  • viewing the waiting list (if one exists)
  • reviewing the charter