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New Hampshire Charter Public Schools

What are Charter Schools?

Charter schools are public and tuition-free schools. The focus of each public charter school is unique and based on the educational needs and interests of a particular community.

Public charter schools are granted a "charter" for a term of five years. The school's "charter" is a performance contract detailing its mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success.

Public charter schools operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools but agree to greater accountability. In exchange for this accountability, charter schools have the flexibility to choose the methods and processes they believe will best help the school deliver results. Innovative teaching practices and strategies, class structure and other academic tools can be used and tested and then modified to meet the needs of the student population.

Typically, the initiative to start a public charter school has significant community involvement and support. A wide variety of entities can establish a public charter school to include parents, teachers, community/business leaders, entrepreneurs and school districts.

There are four primary objectives to the New Hampshire Charter Schools Program (CSP):

  • Objective 1: Increase the number of high quality charter schools in New Hampshire, particularly those serving educationally disadvantaged students most at risk in rural and urban settings.
  • Objective 2: Use federal CSP grant funds to improve student achievement for secondary charter school students and increase graduation rates.
  • Objective 3: Support the dissemination of charter schools best practices to other public schools and LEAs.
  • Objective 4: Empower charter schools to become strong independent organizations and support charter school efforts to be fiscally responsible.

Charter Schools Program Assurances - State Educational Agencies CSP Assurances for SEA

About Public Charter Schools Charter School Authorization - Step 1
(process to establish a Charter School)
Approved Public Charter Schools Charter School Federal Startup Funds - Step 2
(process to apply for startup funds)
Accountability/Reporting Requirements Inspection Forms and Fiscal Requirements
Closed Charter Schools Charter School Dissemination
Charter School Happenings and Events Charter School Renewal Process
Helpful Resources  

Michelle Gauthier, Program Specialist
Charter School Office
Telephone: (603) 271-3582
Fax: (603) 271-7381

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH | 03301-3494
Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711