Charter School Information
Charter schools provide an alternative to other public schools, they are part of the public education system and are not allowed to charge tuition. Charter schools are opened and attended by choice. Some charter schools provide a curriculum that specializes in a certain field — e.g., arts, agriculture, mathematics, or vocational training. Others attempt to provide a better and more efficient general education than nearby public schools. Charter school students take state-mandated exams.
Some charter schools are founded by teachers, parents, or activists who feel restricted by traditional public schools. Charters schools are often established by non-profit groups, universities, and some government entities. Countryside Academy is chartered by Central Michigan University. The schools are non-profit, in the same way that public schools are.
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