Maryland Charter Schools
Charter schools are public schools of choice, with no tuition charged. Grades and test scores are not used for admission. Charter schools in Baltimore City are a part of the BCPSS and are open to all residents of Baltimore City. Student applicants are chosen by lottery in many charter schools. Traditional schools that convert to charter schools may keep their zone.
Charter school legislation was originally passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2003. In 2013, the Maryland legislature asked that a series of issues related to public charter schools be studied. The Schaefer Center for Public Policy of the University of Baltimore was tasked by the Maryland State Department of Education with investigating these questions. Results of this Charter School Study were released in December 2014.
Learn more about types of schools in the Baltimore City Public School System.
Learn more about the Maryland Alliance of Public Charter Schools.