Charter schools offer parents, teachers, community organizations, and individuals the opportunity to design, develop, and implement new, innovative, and creative ways to educate children. Charter schools provide the opportunity for new ideas and visions in education to take shape. They are an opportunity to involve stakeholders (students, parents, community) in the education process in new and meaningful ways.
Charter schools can address specific problems of high-risk students, students of color, and low income students. Charter schools may focus on different approaches to increasing student achievement:
- building basic skills,
- building community through service learning and internships,
- integrating the arts,
- building partnerships between schools and families,
- using culturally specific approaches,
- including school to work, and
- emphasizing college preparatory coursework.