What Is A Charter School?

When the Charter School Law passed in 2002, Options Schools became one of the first five charter schools in the state of Indiana. Prior to transforming into Options Charter School in 2002, we served as an additional program for Carmel High School students from 1999 until the Indiana Charter School Law was passed in 2001. Options serves a number of different types of students, including those that were previously homeschooled, those with anxiety issues, those with schedule constraints, along with many additional types of students in search of something different from traditional public school.

In January 2020, The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced that Indiana ranked as the state with the strongest charter school laws in the country for the fifth-straight year.

In order to learn more about charter schools, we provided a blog series to cover a number of areas on the subject:
Learn About Charter Schools (Providing basic info & answers to FAQs)
Charter Schools By The Numbers (Facts & figures from the Indiana Charter School Network)
Charter School Accountability (Curious about how Options Schools & other charter schools are held accountable?)


About Options Schools
Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

About Public Charter Schools
Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low-income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.