Are charter schools public schools?

Yes, and like any other type of public school, Washington public charter schools are:

  • Open to all students
  • Tuition-free
  • Publicly funded
  • Staffed by certified teachers
  • Held accountable to state and national standards

In exchange for more accountability, public charter schools have more flexibility around staffing, length of the school day and year, and curriculum than traditional public schools. The increased flexibility lets them innovate and customize learning to meet the needs of their diverse students.