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In 1996, the Florida Legislature created Charter Schools as part of the state's program of public education. These schools have the flexibility to set their own rules on such issues as curriculum, teaching style, personnel and discipline. Operated by parents, teachers, administrators and citizens, a charter school can offer an alternative student-directed learning environment.

Charter Schools in Florida are public schools that are sponsored by a school district, and teachers employed by or under contract at a Charter School are required to meet the same certification standards required of district teachers. For more information about certification, access the Florida Department of Education website at www.fldoe.org, contact Fronnie Persaud at fronnie.persaud@ocps.net, or the district certification office at 407.317.3221.

Interested applicants, parents or students wishing to obtain more information about a particular Charter School should contact the school directly.