Welcome to Charter Schools

Overview

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools open to any Utah student. A public school is defined as a school that is open to the public, funded by the public, and accountable to the public. Charter schools meet all three tests.

Charter Schools are governed by independent boards and held accountable to a legally binding written contractual agreement with their authorizer. It is this charter agreement that allows for the operation of the charter school.

Charters Schools offer parents and students additional choices about where students attend school and the school's curricular emphasis. They allow educators freedom to try new strategies to inspire students and to experiment with innovative ways of educating students.

Notification

The State Charter School Board (SCSB) has moved its website to another domain. This Charter Schools webpage provides information for all Charter Schools in Utah, regardless of the Charter Authorizer (Refer to Charter School Distributions).

 

Charter Authorizers

A charter authorizer is an entity approved by the Utah State Legislature to bring charter schools into existence. Authorizers set up application processes and approve or deny charter school applications. Most importantly, authorizers are accountable for managing and monitoring their charter schools' academic record and organizational viability, while also ensuring that they are in compliance with all applicable laws.

Charter School Distributions

The following entities may authorize a charter school:

  • Utah State Charter School Board (SCSB)
  • Any local school board
  • A board of trustees of one of the following higher education institutions:
  • Dixie State University
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Snow College
  • Southern Utah University
  • The Board of Directors of a Utah Technical College
  • University of Utah
  • Utah State University
  • Utah Valley University
  • Weber State University

Legislation/Regulation

As public schools Utah Charter Schools must comply with all federal and state legislation and federal regulations. Charter Schools are also responsible to comply with all State Board rules except those specifically waived in their charter.

United States Department of Education

Charter Schools Program

Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO)

Part B: Public Charter Schools

Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Title R277: Education, Administration

R277-407: School Fees

R277-470: Charter Schools, General Provisions

R277-700: The Elementary and Secondary School General Core

R392-200: Design, Construction, Operation, Sanitation, and Safety of Schools

Utah State Board of Education

Policy, Law and Professional Practices Administrative Rules

Special Education Laws, State Rules and Regulations

Utah State Legislature

Title 16-6a: Utah Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act

Title 52-4: Open and Public Meetings Act

Title 53G-5-1: Charter Schools, General Provisions