No. A charter school is a tuition-free school that any student can attend for no-cost.
Yes. One of the things that helps Freedom Prep Academy provide an enriching and safe environment focused on each student excelling academically is the use of a dress code. The dress code allows students to learn in a professional and comfortable environment free from distractions related to clothing.
Charter Schools are public schools created by a group of parents, teachers or community leaders who see an educational need in their community and want to meet that need. To operate, charter founders must submit an application for approval by the State Charter School Board or the board of a school district. Like other public schools, charter schools serve students from kindergarten through the twelfth grade.
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. Also, charter schools allow individuals and organizations outside of the traditional education system to create and run public schools.
Freedom Prep Academy is a full-service K-12 school. We have two elementary (K-5) schools—one in Provo and one in Vineyard. Our middle school located in Provo serves 6-8 graders and our high school serves 9-12 graders.
As a general rule, yes! Laws and regulations relating to religion in the schools, school fees and tuition, health and safety, civil rights, annual reports, prohibitions against advocacy of unlawful behavior, screening of potential employees or volunteers for competency and fitness, and most other matters are the same for both charter schools and other public schools. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) may waive any of its rules for a charter school or other public school if the school applies for a waiver and USBE finds that the waiver would not violate applicable law or cause harm to students or the school. A Charter School is exempt from existing negotiated agreements relating to the hiring, employment, and dismissal of employees. A charter school’s governing body may determine the level of compensation and the terms and conditions of employment for its employees. Charter Schools may only employ educators who hold valid teaching certificates or who meet USBE requirements for alternative certification or authorization.
Yes. As public schools, charter schools must meet all state and federal laws in supporting students with disabilities, limited English proficiency, socio-economic disadvantages, and other special needs.
A charter school must make the same annual reports as other public schools, including an annual financial audit and monthly budget report. Additionally, the charter school must participate in the statewide testing programs. Charter schools submit all reports to the Utah State Board of Education.
Charter schools have their own governing boards and most operate independently of local school districts. The Utah State Board of Education and the State Charter School Board have oversight responsibility for charter schools and annually review the progress of every charter school.
No. A charter school is part of the public education system and must be open to all students, without discrimination, on the same basis as other public schools. If the number of students applying to enroll in a charter school exceeds the capacity of the school or of programs, classes, or grade levels within the school, then those to be admitted are chosen at random from among the applicants, subject to certain preferences:
Optional Preference Based on the written charter, preference may also be given to the following:
- Students whose parents were actively involved in the development of the charter school (Founders)
- Students who have a sibling currently attending the charter school
- Students returning from the previous school year
- Students who reside within the school district where the charter school is located
- Students who reside in the municipality in which the school is located
- Students who reside within a two mile radius from the school
- Students whose parent is a licensed classroom teacher in the charter school
Yes. In the State of Utah, by law all public schools granting high school credit are required to be accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools.
No. Charter schools are public schools. They must function like every other public school in Utah. They must meet all of the same standards and comply with all of the same laws. A charter school program cannot be affiliated with or restricted to a particular religion. Curriculum, admission policies and employment practices must all be nonsectarian.
Additional information can be obtained at USBE Charter School website or by phone at (801) 538-7720. Mailing Address:
Charter Schools Program Attn: Jennifer Lambert
Utah State Board of Education (USBE)
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200