What is a charter school?


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According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, charter schools are independently-operated public schools that have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs. All charter schools operate under a contract with a charter school authorizer – like the Alabama Public Charter School Commission – that holds them accountable to the high standards outlined in their “charter.” It is common to see charter schools led by former teachers who wanted to take the lessons they learned in the classroom and apply those lessons to an entire school.

Alabama currently offers five charter school options to students and families across the state. Breakthrough will be the second rural charter school to open in the state. Our learning model is unique, as we plan to partner with Marion Military Institute, the nation’s oldest military college. Students will have access to cadet tutors and mentors from across the United States. Furthermore, students will engage in project-based learning and service-learning daily! Lastly, Breakthrough has selected a high-quality social-emotional learning curriculum to help students navigate their thoughts and feelings, developing the whole child.

Charter School FAQs

  • Yes! Charter schools receive federal and state funding. Any student is able to enroll in a public charter school.

  • No! Charter schools are tuition-free. Students only pay fees that would be paid at a traditional public school.

  • Students enroll by completing an application online. To pre-enroll, click here.

  • Any student can apply for admission. The only requirement is that the student be an Alabama resident.

  • Breakthrough uses a third-party system to ensure enrollment selection is fair and equitable. We will be using SchoolMint to support our team in the enrollment process.

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