Separating Fact & Fiction: What You Need to Know About Charter Schools

This document from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools addresses some common myths about charter public schools, responding with facts and key research findings.

Charter Schools – Myths – Facts

“The Health of the Public Charter School Movement – A State-By-State Analysis”

Released by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in October 2014, this report provides data about the health of the national public charter school movement along 11 indicators of growth, innovation, and quality. The report focuses on the 26 states that met two criteria: their charter school movement served at least one percent of their public schools students in 2013-14 and they participated in the Center for Research on Education Outcomes’ 2013 National Charter School Study. The report ranks the states, including Rhode Island, from 1 to 26, using a rubric developed with significant input from a wide variety of public charter school stakeholders.
Health of the Movement

Housing Aid Equity for Charter Public Schools

Under current law, our independent charter public schools are not fairly reimbursed for the construction of school facilities – we receive significantly less support than traditional public schools. This inequity has prevented many of our schools from acquiring needed facilities to support students. The Rhode Island League of Charter Schools is working to change this inequity. The League has sponsored legislation that would create a fair facilities law for charter public schools.
Housing Aid Equity for Charter Public Schools 

Frequently Asked Questions

Rhode Island’s charter public schools are open to all students – they are enrolled through a fair and transparent lottery process held every year. Our schools are in high demand. In 2012, over 6,500 students applied for a spot at one of our charter public schools. If you think you may be interested in one of our schools, please see our Frequently Asked Questions document for parents and families, below.
FAQs for Parents

Example Application

Applications are unique to each schools. We have provided an example of an application used, but each school has their own application process. Information on applying to each school is available on the individual school websites or by calling the school directly – contact and website information for each school is listed here.
Example Application – English
Example Application – Spanish

Profiles of Our 18 Schools

The Rhode Island League of Charter Schools is proud to have 18 member schools in our League, from pre-k to high school, all offering valuable public school choice options to Rhode Island families. Our charter public schools offer unique learning environments. The below document highlights each of our member schools: their missions, communities and grades served, leadership and more. We encourage families to  use this document as a quick reference guide to our 18 schools.
Profiles of our 18 Schools

Social Media

Click here to access the 2015 social media list for the League.

2013 Facilities Landscape Report

The Rhode Island League of Charter Schools, in conjunction with the Colorado League of Charter Schools and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, has released a new report, An Analysis of the Charter School Facility Landscape in Rhode Island, detailing the status of charter public school facilities in our state. The results detailed in the report provide evidence that charter public school students in Rhode Island do not have access to the same sized facilities, facility amenities and/or funding compared to traditional public school students.