There are no typical charter schools. Typically smaller than public schools, 60 percent of charter schools have fewer than 200 students. They also tend to have different grade configurations from other public schools, such as kindergarten through grade 8 or 12, and ungraded schools. Unlike public schools, some charter schools focus on a particular subject area such as math, science, the arts, or technology.
Begin your search for a good school for your child by gathering material from several schools to become acquainted with what they have to offer. At the kindergarten level, you are looking for a school that stresses learning through activities rather than academics. You don't want to enroll your child in a kindergarten that looks like a miniature first grade.
You can't just look at the kindergarten program, but must look at how your child will fit in the total elementary program. Consider class size, as well as what subjects are emphasized and how they are taught. Your final step is to visit each school when it is in session so that you are able to absorb the atmosphere and see if it's right for your child. Pay close attention to how students and teachers interact. If a school stresses a particular subject such as art, science, or music, consider carefully whether or not this is where your child's interest lies.