What is a Charter School?

  • What is a Charter School?


    Many people confuse charter schools with private schools. Charter Schools are actually free public schools, just like any neighborhood school, and teachers must hold full California Teaching Credentials. Charter schools are held to higher accountability standards in exchange for flexibility in the design of their program. Teachers, administrators, and parents work closely to set the direction of the school, and a feeling of shared responsibility provides a sense of commitment, which many times can be missing from larger, traditional public schools.


    A charter school is a free public school initiated by teachers, parents, and community members. It is sponsored by a public school district, but is largely independent. Cottonwood Creek Charter School is sponsored by the Cottonwood Union School District, but operates under the guidance of its own school board and administration. The emphasis of our school is a blended model of site based instruction (site classes/four days a week) with Personalized Learning (Homeschool). With our modified weekly schedule, this allows our students to participate in a number of enrichment and elective classes in the afternoon.