Charter schools

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Charter schools

What is a charter school and how do you get into one? Charter schools are free public schools, one of many alternatives for free public schools. As a free public school, you are able to attend a charter school if you live in the neighborhood that a charter school is in. Or you can lottery in. Charter schools were created to give parents more choice in the style of education that they're getting from their school district. So charter schools can teach differently, they can have completely different curriculum, they can focus on a completely different philosophy. They can also involve teachers in developing curriculums, something that doesn't happen in a regular neighborhood school. If you're interested in a charter school, you need to attend an open house or a tour, apply on their application timeline, enter that lottery, and then wait to find out if you got a space in that lottery. And as long as you live in the state in which the charter is located, you are eligible to apply to that charter school.

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Sandy Eiges, M.S.W., is the founder of L.A. School Scout™ LLC, the top city-wide admissions consulting company for preschool through college. She is not only knowledgeable about private and parochial schools, K-12, including boarding schools, but she is also an expert in explaining and navigating the myriad public school options as well. She has been interviewed for Spectrum News, Beyond the Brochure, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, and is the school admissions expert on the website Kids in the House. Sandy is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). For the past 15 years Sandy’s company, L.A. School Scout™ LLC, has helped parents with the planning and admissions process for preschool, elementary school, middle, high school and college for their children

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