Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are free, public schools that are open to all children and do not discriminate on any basis. They are independently managed and operate with freedom from many of the regulations that govern district schools. Charter schools operate under a “charter”, or contract, between state education officials and a Board of Trustees. They are held accountable to state and federal standards through the academic goals and metrics stated in the charter.

What is the difference between a charter school and a traditional public school?

Charter schools are public schools, but the main difference is that charter schools have regulatory freedom and autonomy. In exchange for this freedom for curriculum and budget management, staffing, and more, charter schools are held accountable by state and federal accountability programs and have their charters reviewed and renewed (or revoked) by the authorizing agency every few years.

How are charter schools funded?

Charter schools receive the majority of their funding from state and federal entities. Like district public schools, they are funded according to enrollment (also called average daily attendance, or ADA), and receive funding from the district and the state according to the number of students attending. The ways and amounts at which charters are funded compared to their district counterparts differ dramatically within an individual state and even within individual communities within a state. Nationwide, charter schools are funded at approximately 64 percent of their district counterparts, averaging $7,131 per pupil compared to the average per pupil expenditure of $11,184 in traditional public schools.

What is PAVE Schools?

PAVE Schools is the not-for-profit charter management organization (CMO) that opens and operates high-performing public charter schools in New York City and North Carolina. PAVE currently operates two schools — PAVE Red Hook, in Brooklyn, NY and PAVE Southeast in Raleigh, NC. The CMO provides ongoing services and support to both schools. Services include curriculum development, talent recruitment, financial management, operations, fundraising and HR. The CMO eliminates the “back office” work of school-based leaders so that they can focus on what matters most– educating our scholars!

Whom does PAVE serve?

PAVE Schools prepares Kindergarten to 8th Grade students to thrive in competitive high schools and four-year colleges. We believe that great schools providing a world-class education act as a key lever that elevates students and opens doors of opportunity. Across PAVE Schools, 96% of our scholars are students of color, 82% are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, 17% receive Special Education services, and 12% are designated as English Language Learners.

How is PAVE funded?

Like all public charter schools, PAVE receives less funding than traditional public schools. PAVE relies on private support to provide a comprehensive and rigorous education to ALL our scholars. PAVE Schools receive no funding for facilities, or crucial services like transportation and breakfast, which we believe are essential for serving our student population.

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