Charter schools are independent public schools operated by a non-profit organization. They hire their own teachers, design their own academic programs, and control their own finances. They have their own board of directors that make decisions for the school.

All charter schools must provide a curriculum that meets the Sunshine State Standards. These schools must also hire certified teachers. In Florida, charter schools are accountable to the school district in which they reside for student academic performance and fiscal management, but they are not managed by the district. Parents interested in information about a charter school may contact the school or visit the school's web site.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions concerning Charter Schools.

Bay District Schools mission to authorize quality Charter Schools operates under the following tenets:

  • To maintain high standards for schools
  • To uphold school autonomy

  • To protect student and public interests

Nonprofit organizations interested in starting a charter school in their community must develop a charter school application and submit it to the district for approval by the School Board. Inquiries regarding the developing of a charter school may be addressed to:

    Sarah Whaler
Instructional Specialist

whalese@bay.k12.fl.us
850-767-5448