Frequently Asked Questions 

What are charter schools?

Charter schools are independent public schools that hire their own teachers, design their own academic program and control their own finances.  They have their own board of directors that make decisions for the schools.  The charter schools do not report to the Orange County School Board.


Who can attend a charter school?

Charter schools must open their enrollment to all students in thedistrict. Each charter school has their own enrollment process that is approved through their board. To find out about a specific school’s process, you must contact the school directly..


How do I enroll my child in a charter school?

Parents interested in enrolling their child in a charter school should visit the charter school and complete a registration packet.


Do charter schools provide exceptionaeducatioservices?

Charter schools must provide ESE services as identified by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) committee.


Who can teach in a charter school?

Charter schools must hire teachers who are certified or eligible for certification by the Florida Department of Education.


Who do I talk to if I have a problem at the charter school my child attends?

Parents and employees of charter schools must call or visit the principal or director of the charter school if they have problems or concerns. If parents feel the administration is not meeting their concerns, they should address these issues with the board of director of the charter school. Members of the schools governing board and their contact information is available at the charter school and on the charter school’s website.


How can I receive more information about charter schools?

You many receive more information by calling the charter school directly or contacting School Choice Services at 407-317-3700.