In Florida, charter schools are public schools within the school district. There are two types of charter schools, as provided for in Florida statute:
- Start Up Charter Schools – Start up charter schools are educational institutions that did not exist prior to being granted charter school status. These brand new schools are often started by non-profit organizations comprised of parents, community members, business partners, etc. These schools may offer a specialized curriculum or serve a specific student population such as at-risk or special needs students.
- Conversion Charter Schools – A conversion charter school is an existing public school that converts to a charter school status following the statutory process.
Parents interested in information about a charter school may contact the school or visit the school's web site. The selection and enrollment of students in charter schools is governed by Florida statute and all federal and state law prohibiting discrimination based on the student’s race, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital status or parental status.
CHARTER APPLICATION - IMPORTANT NEWS!!!!
***The Charter Applicant Orientation Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 6, 2021. This will be a virtual meeting. To register for the meeting, please contact Choice, Charter and Community Education at 352-253-6785 prior to September 30, 2021.
Charter Applicants should be aware that the State Board of Education approved a Model Charter Application form on November 15, 2019. This application format will be required for all new charter applications and can be found on the Florida Department of Education website under School Choice/Statutes, Rules & Model Forms.