To say that there is a wide divergence of opinion on the academic effectiveness of charter schools is a significant understatement. There are currently upwards of twenty-five charter schools, of various stripes and hues, here in the tri-county area, and this number is certain to grow as more families seeking educational choices for their children move into the Charleston area. Of course, every Charter has its own unique characteristics and may or may not be the best choice for your family.
That said, it is still useful to have a broad context from which to view the lay of the land in the charter school world. The enclosed link (http://educationnext.org/judicious-overview-of-charter-movement-charter-schools-at-crossroads-book-finn-manno-wright/) will take you to a recent study published by Harvard University Press: Charter Schools at the Crossroads, by Chester Finn, Bruno Manno, and Brandon Wright. Both the book and its review present an even-handed assessment of the charter school movement. There are cautionary remarks about online (“virtual”) charters and the importance of understanding the criteria by which charter schools are authorized, which vary widely. Families may wealth of detail it provides, but the review in itself should prove helpful in framing questions for you to pursue with School Search K12 and/or with Charter schools you are considering. Other rich sources of information on charter schools are the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (www.publiccharters.org) and the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina (www.sccharterschools.org).
Remember: An informed decision is the best decision, and School Search K12 has the expertise to help you in the process of finding the right school where your children have the best chance to succeed and thrive.