What are Charter Schools?
Charter schools are public and tuition-free schools authorized by the New Hampshire State Board of Education.
Charter schools provide an option for parents and students seeking an alternative to traditional public schools.
Public charter schools are created and governed by an independent board of trustees. Charter schools operate independently from many of the rules and regulations that apply to local school districts.
The focus of each public charter school is unique and based on the educational needs and interests of a particular community. Charter schools have the flexibility to choose innovative, educational strategies that will best help students meet their academic potential. Charter schools tend to offer a small class size.
Public charter schools are granted a "charter" for a term of five years. The school's "charter" outlines the mission statement, educational program, student achievement goals and objectives, methods of assessment and measures of success. Charter schools are held accountable for meeting academic, financial, organizational and programmatic goals and objectives as outlined in its charter.
|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)
Note: Currently, New Hampshire does not have charter startup funds available. NH was not one of the states chosen to receive federal funds under the 2016 Charter Schools Program grant competition.
|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||Technical Assistance Advisories|
|Michelle Gauthier, Program Specialist
Charter School Office
Telephone: (603) 271-3582
Fax: (603) 271-7381