Charter Schools USA has been on the front lines of the education reform movement for 17 years. During that time, our organization has worked tirelessly to provide parents a high-quality choice for their child’s education.
Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools have to demonstrate success in order to stay open. Legally, we are held to a higher level of accountability. Publicly, we are held to a higher level of scrutiny. Internally, we have clearly defined, high standards for academic excellence, personal growth and social development incorporated into our curriculum across all grades. Morally, we have a responsibility to provide students a high-quality education that prepares them for their future.
Many times the students we enroll from the district are several years below grade average. Although this makes for a greater challenge, our network has been successful at helping these students grow academically and achieve greater individual educational outcomes. This is an important service that charters and other school alternatives can provide. When parents and students are failed by the traditional system, it is our hope and our mission that we can fill the void and solve the issue.
In fact, every one of the schools we manage has increased its academic performance over time and closed the achievement gap, especially for low-income students.
There’s still more to be done, and we will work everyday to provide teachers with strategies and resources to be successful. We will fight in every community to ensure that parents and students have a choice.