Charter schools in New York State are free, public schools that are
released from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public
schools. However, charter schools are held to a higher level of
accountability. Because each school is created by the approval of a
"charter," the school must meet the charter's terms to remain open.
Although charter schools receive some funding from the State, they get
only a portion of the funds that go to traditional public schools.
Consequently, charter schools must seek additional financing through
donations, grants and other resources.
Charter schools are started by dedicated individuals whose goal is to
serve a particular population of students that, in their charter, they
have shown to be currently underserved. Because of the hard work and
vision of the school's founders, a charter school can fair well
academically despite the drastically reduced public funding.
Nonetheless, tight budgets are always an issue.
Any New York public school student can apply to enroll in a charter
school. If a charter school receives more applications than it has
space for, it selects students via a lottery. For information about our
school's enrollment procedures, click "Application" in the left-hand