CHARTER SCHOOLS IN DANE COUNTY, K-12


MIDDLETON - CROSS PLAINS DISTRICT

21st Century eSchool | 7106 South Ave, Middleton

Clark Street Community School | 2429 Clark St, Middleton




VERONA AREA SCHOOLS

Core Knowledge | 740 N Main St, Verona

New Century School | 401 W Verona Ave, Verona

Verona Area International School | 5830 Devoro Rd, Fitchburg  


MADISON METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Badger Rock Middle School | 501 E Badger Rd, Madison

Wright Middle School | 1717 Fish Hatchery Rd, Madison

Nuestro Mundo Community School | 4201 Buckeye Rd, Madison



MARSHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Marshall Charter School | 623 W Madison St, Marshall
  • Grades: 11 - 12



MCFARLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT

Wisconsin Virtual Academy | 4709 Dale-Curtin Dr, McFarland

What is a charter school?
Charter schools are public, nonsectarian schools created through a businesslike contract or "charter" between the charter governance
board and the sponsoring school board or other chartering authority. The Wisconsin charter school law gives charter schools freedom
from most state rules and regulations in exchange for greater accountability for results. The charter defines the missions and methods
of the charter school. The chartering authority holds the school accountable to its charter. The charter school motto is "Autonomy for
Accountability."

Wisconsin established charter schools to foster an environment for innovation and parental choice. They can exist as living laboratories
that influence the larger public school system and introduce an element of competition within that system. Charter schools are created
with the best elements of regular public schools in mind. Their leaders may experiment with different instructional theories, site-based
management techniques, and other innovations. They learn, sometimes by trial and error, what works best for their student population.
Regular schools can observe and learn from what happens in the charter school and make similar improvements. Through this process, the
entire public school system is continually challenged to improve itself.

Wisconsin also wants each charter school to meet the special needs and interests of its community, parents, and students. This is what
makes each charter school unique. While many goals for educating and preparing children are similar, each charter school fulfills a
specific local need in education. Some charter schools offer a choice to parents and students in the area of curriculum, teaching
methodology, and classroom structure. Others work to keep that small population of at-risk students from falling through the cracks,
offering counseling, personal attention, and support. In districts with charter schools, the community, school boards, and parents have
identified their public education needs and have established charters that meet them.

Source:
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