Charter schools are independent public schools of choice for parents and students. The first charter schools in the nation opened in Minnesota in 1992. Charter schools continue to be a popular choice for students seeking an alternative to traditional public schools. Currently there are 146 charter schools in operation in Minnesota serving more than 39,000 students.
Charter schools offer a unique educational program and students can expect quality education based on results. Charter schools employ licensed teachers, offer services to special needs students and require students to take state and national tests to assure academic accountability. They do not charge tuition, and there are no admission requirements to enroll students in charter schools. New charter schools with exciting programs open their doors to students every year in Minnesota. Parents may contact charter schools directly to find out about the type of programs they offer and their enrollment options.
NEW! Early Learning Program Guidance for Charter Schools and Authorizers
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to announce guidance for charter schools and authorizers who wish to seek official MDE recognition of their instructional programs for three- to five-year-olds. Upon official recognition by MDE, a charter school may be eligible to receive additional funding for these programs. Read Commissioner Brenda Cassellius’s announcement letter to charter schools and authorizers.
Additional guidance information is available for charter school directors and authorizers: