Charter vs Traditional Schools - What's the Difference?

Ever wonder about the difference between charter schools and traditional schools? Want to know the pros and cons? Do students at charter schools get the same quality of education? Are there hidden fees? This blog will share all that and more – comparing traditional and charter school’s educational approaches, governance and other frequently asked questions.


When it comes to academics, charter schools have more flexibility. Schools like Lakeside Charter Academy (Lakeside) have our own school boards that are not connected to the county school board. This means we get to set our curriculum to best suit the needs of a diverse student body. We know every child has talent and potential, but not all thrive with a one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why our school offers smaller class sizes and more individualized attention to help our students succeed.


Lakeside Charter Academy students in-classroom learning environment

Charter schools can better serve students and families by making decisions with students in mind first and foremost. We have less red tape and bureaucracy in a charter school, so we can make decisions faster.


The state or authorizer holds charters accountable for performance through yearly evaluations and audits. The board of directors at a charter school is elected by parents and community members and not appointed by the county or state board of education. Traditional public schools are operated by local school boards and often funded by tax dollars.


Charter schools like Lakeside are also tuition-free, with no hidden enrollment costs. At Lakeside, we treat our students like family; encouraging best efforts. We strive to be better today than we were yesterday. We love our job of educating future leaders. Contact us today if you have more questions about what makes Lakeside special. We are now enrolling grades K-8 for 2022-2023.


About Lakeside Charter Academy

Lakeside Charter Academy is a K-8 community-driven school where caring educators, parents, and local business leaders work to provide unparalleled education. Our approach is nurturing yet challenging, innovative while embracing proven traditions. We offer a safe, fun environment where children reach their highest academic potential. Enroll your child today.