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Charter Schools

  • Charter schools are nonsectarian public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The "charter" establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success.


    The length of time for which charters are granted varies, but most are granted for 4-5 years. At the end of the term, the entity granting the charter may renew the school's contract. Charter schools are accountable to their sponsor-- usually a state or local school board-- to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract.


    The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them and the public that funds them.


    Application Guidelines to Open a Charter School in Marion County

    • A written application shall be submitted adhering to guidelines set forth in the Model Florida Charter Schools Standard Application Format. The requirements for the complete packet required by Marion County Public Schools can be obtained from Penny McKee, Director of K-12 Academic Services, by appointment.
    • Ten (10) copies of the application package (double sided, 3-hole punched, and clipped or rubber-banded) and one electronic copy in Word format must be submitted to the Marion County School System Superintendent’s office no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 3, 2015.
    •  Applications for new charter schools opening for school year 2016-2017 will be accepted from July 27, 2015, until August 3, 2015.
    • Financial information (budget, etc.) must be submitted in the format provided by MCPS Finance Department.
    • Applications will be considered by the School Board in the form submitted. Amendments will not be permitted before the vote.

Contact Information

  • Penny McKee, Director, K-12 Academic Services

    • Voice 352-236-0502
    • Fax 352-236-0519

Charter Schools in Marion County