Charter schools are tuition-free public schools open to all students.
They operate independently of a school district through a contract (“charter”) agreed upon by a local school district, county office of education, or the state. The charter sets goals for which the school will be held accountable. In turn, charter school leaders and teachers are given the freedom and flexibility to try new approaches to education. Charter schools have unique models and offer an option for families seeking a different educational experience for their children.
All charter schools in West Contra Costa are run by not-for-profit organizations.