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

Margaret Fortune is President/CEO of Fortune School. In 2010, under Fortune’s leadership, the organization launched a network of K-12 public charter schools in Sacramento and San Bernardino counties with the mission to close the African American achievement gap. The network currently includes seven public charter schools with a combined enrollment of more than 1,500 students. Fortune also operates the Rex & Margaret Fortune School of Education, a graduate school that credentials teachers and school administrators for over 50 public school systems with the goal of addressing the state’s teacher shortage by producing quality, diverse teachers in high-need subject areas.

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