Q: What is a charter school?
A: Charter schools are nontraditional public schools. One of the key differences between charter schools and traditional public schools, or district schools, is the way they are governed. District schools are governed by a school district board while charter schools are governed by a board specifically for that school. As a result, these schools have more flexibility in their curriculum. This explains why you hear of some charter schools with a focus on the arts, science & technology, a certain culture, or a certain educational methodology (i.e. Classical, Montessori, Flipped Classroom). However, because charter schools receive public funds, they are still required to meet state testing requirements. You can learn more by viewing Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest’s video to the right differentiating the myths from the facts about charter schools.
Q: How many charter schools are in NC?
A: There are 201 serving 120,056 students.
Q: Are the number of charter schools in NC growing?
A: Absolutely! Although charter schools have existed in NC since 1996, there has been significant growth since the state legislature lifted the 100-charter-school cap in 2011. Since then, about a dozen new schools have been opening each year!
Q: How do we pay for membership?
A: Once you have you chosen your membership option you can pay by credit or choose to pay by check. If you choose to pay by check, we will email you an invoice within 3 business days.
Then, you can:
1. Have your check delivered to the following address no later than 2 weeks from the date you receive your invoice:North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools
242 West Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
2. Click the Pay Now link under *** Pay this invoice online *** in the email. On the payment site select bank check, complete the corresponding fields, and click Send Payment. You will automatically receive a sales receipt. Please save the receipt for your records.