Charter schools are tuition free public schools that were established to provide additional choices to families for learning environments that would improve student achievement A.R.S. § 15-181. Most public charter schools are operated independent of local school districts by either non-profit or for-profit entities, although school districts may also sponsor charter schools. Since 1995, the number of charter schools in Arizona has grown to over 500 and charter school student enrollment has grown well over 113,000 students, accounting for 10% of the student population in Arizona.
The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools is the primary authorizer of most charter schools in the state and has Parent Resources available. The Arizona Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization for Arizona charter schools and provides support for its members but is also a good source of data and information.