Charter schools are public schools authorized by local school districts as schools of choice. Charter schools are tuition-free.
Charter schools are typically started and operated by groups seeking to develop schools outside the traditional public school system. There are different types of organizational structures for charter schools. UDA is an independent, non-profit corporation organized under the laws of California for its central structure. UDA established a Board of Trustees to govern the school and has also established a School Advisory Council to liaison with the Board of Trustees.
As public schools, charter schools receive funding from state and local agencies, primarily relating to attendance of its students. Charter schools may also participate in other state and federal funding opportunities, such as Title I funding or No Child Left Behind funding. Many charter schools seek additional funding through grants and other donations.
Charter schools are generally exempt from many laws that apply to traditional public schools, which give charter schools much more autonomy. As a result, charter schools typically create an educational program to serve the needs of their students.