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What is a Charter School?

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Simply put, a charter school is a publicly funded school that is founded independent of the local public school systems. In order to maintain integrity, charter schools are subjected to rigorous academic accountability testing, which reviews curriculum, faculty, and environment to ensure that the school is meeting state and nationwide educational standards.

Benefits of a Charter School

Since charter schools are still public schools, they are tuition free and open to all students. However, by serving a wide range of students and having various missions and visions, public charter schools can go beyond the “one size fits all” model, providing more in-depth, personalized care for students. They are heavily vetted—they need to have an approved Educational Program and Fiscally Responsible Plan pass through the TEA and External Review Committee, followed by the TX Commissioner of Education, and finally the State Board of Education. Budgeting and financial statements must be available to be publicly reviewed and have equally strict accountability—if not even more than traditional public schools!

As a diverse system of schools, you can freely choose a public charter school specifically aimed towards your child’s need. From pre-K or elementary students to preparing students for a college degree, to working closely with students who may be at risk of dropping out, give your child the personalized education they need, all at absolutely no cost to you.

Purpose

The purpose of charter schools in Texas are:

  • To improve student learning
  • To increase the availability of choices when it came to learning opportunities in the public school system
  • To foster new and innovative learning methods
  • To provide a new standard of accountability to public schools
  • To provide professional opportunities that will attract teachers to the public school system

To learn more about the driving purpose and vision behind charter schools in Texas, you can read more in Texas Education Code § 12.001.

Quality Framework

To hold ourselves to the highest possible standard, charter schools use the Quality Framework, which is a research-based tool for improvement that assesses not just quality but provides the needed opportunity to improve effectivity on an academic, financial, and operational level. The ultimate goal is to allow charter schools such as us to never settle for our current level of success, but to instead grow and improve as much as possible. The ten key systems focused on in the self-evaluation process are: Student Success, Mission & Vision, Leadership, Stakeholder, Staff, Learning, Data Driven, Safety & Support, Accountability, and Fiscal Management.

Using the Quality Framework Self-Assessment and Data Pack, we are able to receive quantitative and qualitative data to improve, plan strategically, meet and exceed local, state, and federal requirements, and much more. Please contact us to learn more about how we use the Quality Framework to provide the best possible education for our students.

A Unique Learning Philosophy

As a Dallas metro charter school, our team at the Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy is able to promote a particular philosophy of learning. Though we are given the freedom to promote our project-based learning environment and to orient our teaching around a STEM culture, we are also accountable to learning standards that are regularly, rigorously tested.

Our charter school provides opportunities that may not be available at public schools, including:

  • An emphasis on the founding of college and career preparatory skills
  • Promotion of a student-led learning environment
  • Specific catering to each individual student’s learning needs through individualized learning techniques

Center for Research on Educational Outcomes Dallas Charter School Study

Below is link to a new blog post on an educational site that details the results of a new study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University on Urban Charter Schools. The study found that Dallas area charter schools performed very well. In fact, it said we outperformed traditional public schools significantly. Check it out at https://leadership4school.wordpress.com/

Enrollment information can be obtained by contacting us at (469) 287-8075.