About Charter Schools

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Charter schools are public, tuition-free schools that are open to all students. Often operated independently from the traditional school district, charter schools provide high-quality instruction from teachers who have the autonomy to design a classroom that fits their students' needs. They are led by dynamic principals who have the flexibility to create a school culture that fosters student performance and parent satisfaction.

Stories & Impact

My name is Sandy Dessources and last year I graduated from City on a Hill Charter Public School in Boston, Massachusetts. It's my dream to become an attorney - I want to spend my career fighting to eliminate the systemic obstacles facing women. In order to fully understand where my dreams come from and how I plan to get there, I’d like to tell you a bit about myself. My family is from the island of Hispaniola, more formally known as Haiti. When we arrived in America, my parents could not speak, read, or write in English. My father had to work three jobs in order to make ends meet. But they were determined to give me the opportunity to get a strong education. Walking through the doors at City on a Hill for the first time, I was in total awe. At City on a Hill, I have learned many things—core academic subjects like Spanish, civics, English, and statistics, as well as equally important life skills such as professionalism, public speaking, and leadership. Last year on National College Decision Day, I chose between attending four incredible schools—American University, Brandeis University, College of the Holy Cross, and George Washington University! 

Sandy Dessources, City on a Hill Charter Public School Graduate

Meet a Charter School Trailblazer

Maquita Alexander is the executive director at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School (Yu Ying), the only Chinese Immersion, International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school in Washington D.C. Yu Ying is a high performing, inquiry based school with a highly diverse student body opened in the fall of 2008. Under Ms. Alexander’s leadership, Yu Ying has become one of the most sought after schools in the District of Columbia with its standardized test scores in the among the highest in the city.

Maquita Alexander, Inducted into the 2018 Charter School Hall of Fame