What is a Charter School?

According to the Charter Schools Act that was passed by California legislature in 1992, a charter school is a public school that is intended to operate independently of the traditional school district structure in order to provide educators, parents and students a method to accomplish the following:

  • Improve the learning experience for all students.

  • Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods.

  • Present educators with new professional opportunities that allow them to assume responsibility for the learning program at the resource center.

  • Provide parents and students with expanded educational choices within the public school system. Hold schools accountable for student performance and provide the schools with a method to change from rule-based to performance-based accountability systems.

  • Provide vigorous competition within the public school system to stimulate continual improvements in all public schools.

How does a Charter School work?

San Diego Mission Academy High School uses a Personalized Learning charter school model that allows the learning program to be tailored to each student’s individual needs and interests. Each student focuses on one or two subjects at a time and meets with teachers and tutors virtually for instruction and support. Most of the schoolwork is completed at home.