Charter schools are public schools.

  • Charter public schools are tuition-free.
  • Charter public schools do not discriminate.
  • There are no test-in requirements to enroll in charter public schools.

Charter public schools offer options and opportunities for all students.

  • Charter public schools serve a broad range of diverse students, including low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, and students with disabilities or other special needs.
  • Charter public school programs and academic designs are as diverse as the students they enroll. For example, some charter public schools offer specific academic programs focused on science and technology or the arts. Other charter public schools work with at-risk students such as pregnant and parenting teens.

Charter public schools are held accountable, both academically and financially.

  • Charter public school students must take state assessment tests.
  • Charter public schools are subject to state and federal public school laws.

Charter public schools thrive in Colorado.

  • In the 2016-17 school year, there are 238 charter public schools in Colorado.
  • Colorado charter public schools collectively serve nearly 115,000 students, representing 12.7 percent of public school enrollment in the state.
  • If Colorado charter public schools were combined into one school district, it would be the largest school district in the state.