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What is a Charter School?

 

What is a Charter School?

According to the Charter School’s Act that was passed by California legislature in 1992, a charter school is a public school that is intended to operate independently of the traditional school district structure in order to provide educators, parents and students a method to accomplish the following:

  • Improve the learning experience for all students.
  • Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods.
  • Present educators with new professional opportunities that allow them to assume responsibility for the learning program at the school site.
  • Provide parents and students with expanded educational choices within the public school system. Hold schools accountable for student performance and provide the schools with a method to change from rule-based to performance-based accountability systems.
  • Provide vigorous competition within the public schools system to stimulate continual improvements in all public schools.How does a Charter School work?

Desert Sands Charter High School uses a Personalized Learning charter school model that allows the learning program to be tailored to each student’s individual needs and interests. Each student focuses on one or two subjects at a time and visits the campus once a week to meet with teachers for instruction and exams. Most of the schoolwork is completed at home.

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