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What is a Charter School

A Charter School is a school established to provide students and parents with more choices in the types of educational opportunities and programs that are available within the public school system.

The Natomas Unified School Board approved a community-based charter school in the Spring of 1993. All Natomas Charter School programs are open to students who reside within or outside of the Natomas Unified School District.

Natomas Charter School is a strong supporter of parent's rights to choose the direction of their child's education. Since 1981, a growing number of school districts in California have been offering programs and services for homeschooling families through Independent Study Programs. In 1993, the state approved a plan for development of Charter Schools. These Charter Schools were to provide opportunities for school districts or individual schools to try out innovative instructional methods, increase parent involvement, and improve student achievement. A handful of school districts took this opportunity to offer home schooling programs with creative approaches.