About Charter Schools
What is a Charter School?
A charter school is a tuition-free, non-sectarian public school of choice, founded by a group of parents, educators, or community members. Charter schools must be approved by their local district and student enrollment is limited only by space availability. The district and charter school negotiate a contract or "charter" based upon a proposal by the originating group. The philosophy and operation of a charter school are independent of the school district, reflecting the beliefs of the founding members. Charter schools do, however, carry a public obligation and are overall accountable to their local school district.
Through an agreement with the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education, Free Horizon Montessori provides an educational option not otherwise offered by the district. While FHM has autonomy in regard to philosophy, curriculum, and leadership, the school is fiscally accountable to the district, and must maintain accreditation as measured through student achievement and standards determined by the Colorado Department of Education.
Who can enroll in a charter school?
Are charter schools subject to state and federal laws?
Yes. The Charter School Act says, "A charter school shall be subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination..." Charter schools may apply for waivers from specific state and federal statutes and school district regulations and policies.
Is there tuition?
Our half-day kindergarten through middle school programs are funded through state per pupil revenue (PPR). Our preschool and full day kindergarten, as well as our Before and Aftercare, and Summer Camp programs operate outside of this, funded by tuition. In addition, we receive funding from grants, foundations, and other outside sources.
Does Montessori have a religious affiliation?
No. Students from a wide variety of religious faiths attend the FHM. We want all students to feel comfortable with their beliefs and be proud of their family’s values. Consistent with Montessori philosophy and our school's mission of inspiring children to learn and grow as global citizens, we recognize and embrace the importance of developing cultural competency. To this end, classrooms often explore a variety of cultural and religious traditions as they relate to studying civilizations in context, both historical and present day.
Who governs FHM?
Is transportation provided?
Transportation is the responsibility of each family; however, we do encourage carpooling. Our Community Support Network parent organization (CSN) partners with Ride Arrangers to help facilitate carpooling among FHM families. For more information, visit the CSN web site.
Is there a birth date deadline for admission?