What is a Charter School?

A charter school is a publicly funded school created and managed by interested individuals or groups from the public or private sector. The schools are accountable to the local school board and/or the state, but they are free from the complex regulations that often constrain school success. Charter schools are:  


  • Open to all students
  • Non-selective in enrollment
  • Non-religious
  • Tuition-free
  • Funded with public funds according to student enrollment


Charter schools operate with relative autonomy, independent of most state and local regulations. In exchange for this freedom, charter schools are held accountable to state learning standards through rigorous academic testing and high expectations of their students.  


General Charter School Information  

Charter Friends National Network 


Illinois Charter School Information

Illinois Network of Charter Schools Illinois State Board of Education 


Indiana Charter School Information

Indiana Department of Education Indiana Charter School Board