New Hampshire Alliance for Public Charter Schools

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. Charter schools are independent, tuition free to in state students and highly accountable. Charter schools are operated in accordance to a specific mission or "charter". The "charter" establishing each school, is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success.

There are 25 charter schools in the New Hampshire and together they serve over 3,000 families. These public schools offer New Hampshire students a diverse range of mission and program options to choose from. Charters allow children and their families to find the public education option that best serves their needs and interests. According to U.S. News and World Report (2015), there are now more than 6,500 chartered public schools operating in the United States.

New Hampshire Charter schools offer an array of diverse mission and program options for students

  • Nine charter high schools offer alternative education programs designed to serve disengaged or educationally disadvantaged students
  • Three charter grade schools offer students multi-age classrooms & project based curriculums
  • Three charter grade schools offer students programs that utilize the Montessori educational approach
  • Two charter middle/high schools offer students programs focusing on advanced STEM fields
  • Two charter schools offer a classical education and leadership approach
  • Two charters high schools utilize arts & technology integrated curriculums
  • One "Virtual" charter school offers online education options to students throughout New Hampshire 

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