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

Crossroads Academy of Kansas City strives to be the premier urban school serving Kansas City’s youth and a destination for other educators seeking inspiration and best practices. Based on three pillars—high expectations, 21st Century learning, and community engagement—CAKC aims to graduate students who pursue their dreams relentlessly and have a positive impact on their family, their community, and the world.

Crossroads Academy of Kansas City

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