The Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) is the non-profit membership organization for Georgia’s charter school operators and petitioners. The mission of GCSA is to improve student achievement and promote educational choice by serving and advocating for public charter schools in Georgia.
Year in which Georgia’s charter school laws were enacted
Number of start-up and conversion charter schools
Number of Georgia charter school students in start-up and conversion charter schools
Number of Georgia charter school students on waiting lists for a spot in a start-up charter school
Percent of students in APS start-up charter schools
Number of charter schools authorized by the State Charter Schools Commission
The Charter Schools Movement
Charter Schools stand at the center of our nation’s growing effort to reform and improve public schools and provide wider options to every family. Like the traditional neighborhood school, charters are public and are open to all students regardless of wealth, gender, race, or religion. Unlike traditional public schools, charters can waive many burdensome rules and regulations, so teachers, principals, parents, and students can focus on learning. In exchange for this freedom, charters sign a contract, promising to achieve specific academic goals for their students. Most importantly, charters are held accountable for their results. Approximately 3 million students now attend over 6,700 charter schools in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
About Georgia Charter Schools Association
The Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) is the non-profit membership organization for Georgia’s charter school operators and petitioners. The mission of GCSA is to improve student achievement and promote educational choice by serving and advancing Georgia’s charter school sector.
- Supporting legislation to strengthen charter schools in Georgia
- Advancing public awareness of charter schools and their missions
- Increasing public awareness that charter schools are public schools
- Communicating charter school needs to state and local officials
- Facilitating opportunities for networking and collaboration among charter schools in Georgia and with other charter schools throughout the country
- Developing and implementing programs and services to effectively meet the needs of all of Georgia’s charter schools in order to help those schools attain high levels of student achievement, accountability, and success