What is a charter school?


Free & Independent

A charter school is a free public school that is run independently of the school district. Charter schools are given more flexibility in their finances, personnel, scheduling, curriculum, and instruction than a traditional district school.


Schools of Choice

Charter schools are schools of choice; no students are zoned to attend a charter school.



Charter schools are open to all students in the designated geographic area regardless of race, income, special needs, or previous academic performance. In Tennessee, eligible students must live in Davidson County, and in Mississippi, eligible students must live in a C, D, or an F rated school district.