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Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools that may provide instruction in grades kindergarten through 12. Charter schools are usually created or organized by a group of parents, teachers and other educators, and community leaders or community-based organizations. An existing public school board usually authorizes charter schools. The specific goals and operating procedures for a charter school are detailed in the agreement (or "charter") between the board and the organizers.

Key objectives are to:

  • Provide choices for parents and students within the public school system for innovative, high-quality learning opportunities.
  • Stimulate competition in the educational market.

To meet these objectives, charter schools are granted increased autonomy in exchange for increased accountability for results. A school charter is typically granted for five years. During its term, the school must meet all the student performance and operational goals listed in its charter, or the charter may be revoked.

Each charter school has its own enrollment and admissions procedures. For information about how to enroll your child in a charter school, please contact the charter school directly.

Charter School Directory

If you have a concern or complaint about a charter school, please follow the link below:

Charter School Complaints

Please follow the link below to view charter school LCAPS:

Charter School Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPS)

The following renewal charter petition(s) are currently under review:

Charter Petition Review Portal

To contact the district about charter schools, below is the contact information:

Office of Charter Schools
San Diego Unified School District

4100 Normal Street, Annex 15
San Diego, CA 92103
[email protected]