Charter schools are independent public schools founded by not-for-profit Boards of Trustees. They operate under a contract (or “charter”) of up to five years. Any student eligible for admission to a New York City public school is eligible for admission to a public charter school. Many charter schools have unique educational approaches that may include longer school days, a longer school year, or thematic programs.
Charter schools are part of the New York City Department of Education's strategy for providing families with an increased number of high-quality school options in NYC. Charter schools have a range of academic and staffing models, missions, goals, and policies. Individual charter schools provide information about schedules, grading and promotion criteria, open house dates, and the names of staff and the Board of Trustees members. Find a charter school by looking at the Charter School Directory
Charter schools became part of New York State's public education offerings with the enactment of the New York State Charter Schools Act of 1998
. Charter schools in New York are authorized by three groups:
- New York City Department of Education (DOE)
- New York State Department of Education (NYSED)
- The State University of New York Charter Schools Institute (SUNY)
The Charter Schools Act guides authorizers’ work.