About Charter Schools

Did you know that all charter schools are public schools? Just like traditional public schools, public charter schools are tuition-free and open to all students, non-sectarian and do not discriminate on any basis, publicly funded based on enrollment, and are held accountable to state and federal standards. Charter schools are here to serve all students, they do not have any selective admissions requirements and they must accept all students. If there are not enough available seats in a school to meet demand, charter schools hold lotteries to enroll students.

In Arizona, a charter school receives its operating authorization and funding from the State Board of Education, the State Board for Charter Schools, or any school district that chooses to charter a school under the charter school law passed in 1994. The "Charter" is a contract with the chartering body that allows a private entity to operate a "public" charter school in accordance with a specific program outlined in the charter.

Do you have more questions about charter schools? Take a look at the NAPCS's website, you'll find a helpful list of frequently asked questions.

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Charter schools are public schools operating under an independent contract or “charter” with an authorizing agency—typically a non-profit organization, government agency or university. The charter provides the school with operational autonomy to pursue specific educational objectives regarding curriculum, staff, and budget. It also holds them accountable to the same (often higher) standards of their district public school peers.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Crismon Campus

22120 E Queen Creek Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: (480) 987-0722

Gilbert Campus

1475 S Val Vista Dr
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Phone: (480) 9632-0722

Power Campus

Front of Power Campus Building
22951 S Power Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: (480) 677-8400

Benjamin Franklin High School

18864 E Germann Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: (480) 558-1197