Independent Public Charter Schools
There are many independent charter schools who take advantage of the original intention of chartering and use teacher-powered leadership structures. While we know of dozens of these schools we estimate that there are hundreds more across the nation.
Individual schools in this group include:
Exploration High School (ExHS) – a public school for public good – is led by students, powered by teachers, and rooted in community. Their learner-centered model builds learning into every moment, from all key school decisions to the development of relevant, 21st-century skills. Their teaching team maintains a growth mindset alongside students to empower and […]
Anthony Acres is a public charter school through the School District of Mondovi on a 34 acre wooded property on Hwy 37. Our school provides a place-based education through a project based learning structure to 6th through 12th graders. Students at Anthony Acres School enjoy a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) based curriculum with […]
Our Vision and Mission revolve around the cultivation of capable critical thinkers who can solve real problems. It is our investment in student empowerment that will lead to this accomplishment. This is evident in the decision-making process on projects and also concerning school-wide impacts. This is also seen in a student’s ability to design and […]
Milestone Democratic School is designed by youth for youth. We welcome all, and especially learners who believe in democracy. We create deep learning about this world, and aim to create a better world as we learn. Advisors work with students to plan learning. What do we need to learn? What do we want to learn? […]
Living School cultivates equity by nurturing students to do work that improves their lives, communities, and environment through holistic health, citizenship, & entrepreneurship.
Situated on 379 acres of restored prairies, woods, and wetlands at Riveredge Nature Center near Newburg, Wisconsin, the Riveredge School is a tuition-free, public elementary charter school authorized by the Northern Ozaukee School District. Our school community creates a laboratory for outdoor learning which amplifies the outcomes of public education, serves learners of all abilities […]
HSRA is a project-based, public charter school that operates within and around a professional recording studio. Students earn time in the studio by completing academic projects in the core learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. HSRA encourages students who may have dropped out or been pushed out from traditional schools to complete […]
We believe as John Dewey did that students construct their skilled understanding of the world from genuine experiences. They learn math as they run a bodega or quantify the day’s recycling. They create their own courts and legislatures as they study government. They become scientists as they design bird-feeding stations and map the geography of […]
Founded in September 2000, SCSC is a learning environment that values and nurtures every child as an individual. Together, parents and faculty develop an individualized learning program to fully develop each child’s potential. Parents, community members, and professionals are encouraged to interact with and learn from one another and to participate in the learning process, […]
SEEQS offers an interdisciplinary project-based, community-based secondary school experience for Oahu families. SEEQS equips its students with the skills and habits of mind for success in the 21st century, including critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Learners engage in a project-based, collaborative curriculum centered around multi-disciplinary examination of questions essential to our collective future. SEEQS […]
Northern Lakes Regional Academy is a STEAM charter high school located in Rice Lake, Wisconsin servicing students in and around Barron County. STEAM refers to Science, Tinkering, Engineering, Aesthetics, and Math. At our facility at 33 Ann Street we have created a MakerSpace where students will have access to tools and skill development facilitating their […]
At ROC, students are in the driver’s seat of their own educational experience. ROC is a project-based learning environment. In project based learning, students are able to pursue their own interests, and demonstrate their learning through projects that they design, develop and carry out with guidance from teachers. Students are still responsible for fulfilling all […]
Francine Delany New School for Children believes that students learn best when they are actively engaged in an experientially rich, hands-on program of study in classrooms that serve as working models of the learning community we strive to create. Students are challenged to develop critical thinking skills and to reach ambitious academic goals while developing […]
Augsburg Fairview Academy offers a teen-friendly, and family-friendly, atmosphere in which students are deeply respected and everyone is held to a high standard of personal honor. Students find their place among people who care a great deal about them and their future. They encounter adults who use positive, strength-based approaches to help them succeed. Students […]
Animas High School prepares all students for college and post-secondary success by creating critical thinkers and engaged citizens through an innovative, student-centered, project-based curriculum. Rigorous academics, where all students are prepared for college success Culture of excellence, where students are held to high expectations Strong faculty-student relationships, where students are well known Engaging learning, where […]
The Santa Barbara Charter School is a parent/staff cooperative with a child-centered approach to education. The school’s curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards. Elements of Waldorf, Montessori, and Humanistic models of education are incorporated. The theory of multiple intelligences is embraced as a foundation for both curriculum and methodology. Academics are taught […]
Description of learning program: At SCA, learning is personalized for each student’s learning needs, based on connecting his or her interests, life values, learning styles, strengths, and career and educational goals. The key to student learning is the relationship between the student, his or her parents and the facilitator. Together, they decide which of 6 […]
The following tenets have guided our development of curricula and school culture: Differentiated Instruction – a philosophy of teaching that aims to meet each child where he or she is and move him or her forward Expeditionary Learning – a curriculum that allows children to use all their senses to construct and retain knowledge through […]
MNOHS is an accredited online high school that focuses on building significant learning relationships among students, teachers, staff, and families. MNOHS has developed a unique community school model which uses collaborative technologies to bring geographically dispersed students closer—to the subjects they are studying; to a creative, connected learning community; and to their goals of completing […]
Our curriculum combines advisory, inquiry driven project based learning, interdisciplinary seminars and expeditions. We strive to teach students to become independent learners with the skills to be successful in the 21st century. School Spotlight: Northwest Passage High School From NPHS: Northwest Passage High School is a 9th through 12th grade charter school located in Coon […]
The typical ConneXions community member, whether student or staff, is a creative, thoughtful, independent thinker, engaged in learning and willing to be a positive member of the community.
DGS is a Neighborhood Innovation School—meaning we implement our own unique program design, approved through a rigorous process by the Denver School Board. Our emphasis on project-based learning allows teachers and students to engage in relevant, self-directed, teacher-facilitated learning. One of the main differences is that we use a different research based curriculum for Math […]
Discovery Charter Schools’ educational program is developmental, hands-on, student-centered, and theme-based to accommodate individual learning styles and achievement levels. Teacher-directed parent participation in the classrooms on a regular basis is a key component to the success of a program based on small group developmental instruction.
Highline offers a standards-based educational program to all students. We begin with the end in mind; what should students know, understand, and be able to do. Then we draw upon a variety of curricular resources to meet the end goal. The foundation for curriculum and instruction at Highline Academy is based on the National Common […]
The school’s mission is “personalized learning through educational discovery: building 21st century leaders; one project at a time.” Students complete projects in which they incorporate the curriculum standards for the courses in which they are enrolled. They select areas of interest that are relevant to them and create an essential or guiding question to frame […]
Chrysalis offers a unique program that emphasizes direct interaction with the world rather than a textbook approach. It blends regular classroom instruction with options classes, service opportunities, and natural sciences field study. Options include art, music, video, jujitsu, and hiking. Parents, students and teachers work together to design the students’ educational programs. There are two […]
We use our Teaching Firm, a unique teacher-led organizational model, to be a fun, holistic, ‘college-successful’, career-ready, community-centered, culturally rich and relevant incubator of exceptional human potential where we spark, nurture and unleash mindful people empowered to affect positive change in the communities we serve. Everything we do here at Ember is centered around courting […]
Laurel Tree Charter School is family-style schooling. We are a small, intimate group of people working and learning together. The entire staff works and plans together for the school as a whole. We invite parents, artists, poets, and community members to share their unique talents with us, as well.
Independence School Local 1 is organized around experiential learning through internships and field-based projects and around the natural consequences that come from real world feedback on your actions. Teachers and students use the city, the wilderness, and city and local partnerships as instructional tools to link learning with real life.
Monarch believes that learning happens best when all are working together, (students, teachers, and parents), to develop a rich learning environment spanning home, school, and the greater community. They are committed to providing a developmentally appropriate learning environment in which students are ‘constructing’ their own knowledge connected to their real lives and building upon their […]
A learning community of scientists—students, teachers, and community experts working on a wide range of projects focused on an even wider range of topics. Our science school is a Wisconsin charter school and a partnership between Augusta School District and Wildlands Charter School. We believe today’s students need options for learning. Wildands Charter School provides […]
Renaissance has been a leader in national education through its example, outreach and collaboration. It regularly collaborates, via school consortiums, federal grants and through nationwide conferences. As a leader in the charter movement, Renaissance commits to serving as a strong model of public school reform. A wide array of innovative teaching methods makes Renaissance distinctive. […]