What is a Charter School?

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Bellevue-Santa Fe received the 93rd charter approved by the State Board of Education and began operation as a charter school in September 1996 with the support of San Luis Coastal Unified School District.

Charter schools are often referred to as “schools of choice” because of their optional enrollment and unique pedagogical views. Student enrollment is by family selection in accordance to a charter’s admission policy.   Choice is provided to families by offering attendance to a public charter school or their neighborhood public school. Charter schools enjoy greater flexibility in curriculum adoption and policy creation than traditional public schools within a large district. Charter schools operate in accordance to the established framework of California charter school law.  Some charters, such as BSFCS, are overseen by their own Governing Board. In essence, a charter school may function as a small school district. This operational structure allows for unique implementation of the adopted states standards and calendaring for state testing in adherence to California State Education Code.