Charter School Information

Definition of Charter School
(A.R.S. § 15-181)

A Charter School is a public school established by contract with a district Governing Board, the State Board of Education or the State Board for Charter Schools to provide learning that will improve pupil achievement.

Purpose of Charter Schools

  • Charter Schools may be established to provide a learning environment that will improve pupil achievement.
  • Charter Schools provide additional academic choices for parents and pupils.
  • Charter Schools may consist of new schools or all or any portion of an existing school.
  • Charter schools are public schools that serve as alternatives to traditional public schools, and charter schools may not be subject to all of the requirements governing other public schools.
  • Charter Schools must comply with all provisions of applicable law to receive state funding as prescribed.

The Charter Shall:

  • Include a description of the personnel policies.
  • Include a description of the personnel qualifications.
  • Include a method of school governance.
  • Describe the specific role and duties of the sponsor of the Charter School.
  • Provide for a Governing Body that is responsible for the policy and operational decisions of the Charter School.

Charter School Requirements

A Charter School shall assure:

  • Compliance with federal, state and local rules, regulations and statutes pertaining health, safety, civil rights, insurance and education of children with disabilities.
  • Compliance with the same financial requirements as a school district, including Uniform System of Financial Record, Procurement Rules and Audit Requirement.
  • That it designs a method to measure pupil progress toward pupil outcomes adopted by the State Board of Education, including participation in the AIMS at the prescribed grade levels, the nationally standardized norm-referenced achievement tests and the completion of an Annual Report Card.
  • That it is exempt from all statutes and rules pertaining to schools, governing boards and school districts except the aforementioned.
  • That it is nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices and all other operations.
  • That it provides a comprehensive education program of instruction for at least a kindergarten or any grade(s) between one and twelve, but may emphasize a specific learning philosophy or style or certain subject area.