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Charter Schools

What is a charter school?

National Heritage Academies is dedicated to operating 76 tuition-free public charter schools around the country. As an alternate education option, NHA is a great choice you can make for your child’s education.
There are a variety of charter school options in every city and state. NHA offers options in the following states: Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Common Charter School Questions


Does a charter school cost money?

All NHA schools are tuition-free, state-funded public charter schools. We offer a unique college prep curriculum at no cost to your family.

How do I find charter schools near me?

Feel free to browse our school list to see local school options in your city. All of our schools offer school tours throughout the school year, offering your family an opportunity to see the school building, meet with leadership, and learn more about the school’s curriculum.

Do charter schools offer online education?

NHA schools follow a traditional classroom, student/teacher learning structure. Many of our schools incorporate technology and online learning into everyday lessons.

Additional charter school information


According to the United States Department of Education, National Center for Educational Statistics:

“A public charter school is a publicly funded school that is typically governed by a group or organization under a legislative contract or charter with the state or jurisdiction. The charter exempts the school from selected state or local rules and regulations. In return for funding and autonomy, the charter school must meet the accountability standards articulated in its charter. A school’s charter is reviewed periodically (typically every 3 to 5 years) by the group or jurisdiction that granted its charter and can be revoked if guidelines on curriculum and management are not followed or if the standards are not met (U.S. Department of Education 2000).” SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). The Condition of Education 2013 (NCES 2013–037), Charter School Enrollment.

Charter School History

“From 1999–2000 to 2010–11, the number of students enrolled in public charter schools increased from 0.3 million to 1.8 million students. During this period, the percentage of all public schools that were public charter schools, based on schools that reported enrollment, increased from 2 to 5 percent, comprising 5,300 schools in 2010–11. In addition to the increase in the number of charter schools, the enrollment size of charter schools has grown over time. The percentage of charter schools with enrollments under 300 students decreased from 77 percent in 1999–2000 to 59 percent in 2010–11. The percentage of charter schools with enrollments of 300–499 students increased from 12 to 22 percent during this period; the percentage with 500–999 students increased from 9 to 15 percent; and the percentage with 1,000 students or more increased from 2 to 4 percent.” SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). The Condition of Education 2013 (NCES 2013–037), Charter School Enrollment.

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