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What is a charter school?

Charter schools are public, tuition-free, and non-religious. Admission is determined by lottery. Because no one is required to go to a charter school, charter schools must meet and exceed parent expectations in order to retain their students.


Charter schools are public schools created by parents, educators and communities to provide innovation in the classroom. They are an alternative to traditional public schools. A "charter" is essentially a contract: charter schools operate free from red tape and regulation, and in return they are held to high standards for student achievement. Unlike a traditional public school, if a charter school does not meet these high standards, it is shut down.

Many of the best schools in Los Angeles are Charter Schools, which also represent one of the fast-growing movements in education.

The original California charter law proposes to:

  • Increase learning opportunities for all pupils, with special emphasis on expanded learning opportunities for pupils who are identified as academically low achieving.

  • Encourage the use of innovative teaching methods that address the needs of all learners.

  • Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site.

  • Provide parents and pupils with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system.

  • Hold the schools accountable for meeting measurable pupil outcomes, and provide those schools with a method to change from rule-based to performance-based accountability systems.

  • Provide vigorous competition within the traditional public school system to stimulate continual improvements in all public schools.


Where can I learn more about charter schools?

For more information about charter schools, please visit the California Charter School Association (CCSA).

Where can I learn more specifically about Larchmont's Charter Petition?

View Larchmont Charter School's Charter Petition.

How is the school calendar determined?

Larchmont Charter School is a charter school within Los Angeles Unified School District and has historically followed the same general calendar as other LAUSD schools. View the Larchmont Charter School Online Calendar.


How are the LCS campuses related?

Larchmont Charter School is a continuous TK-12 program situated on four campuses:

  • Larchmont Charter School at Hollygrove (TK-4)

  • Larchmont Charter School at Fairfax (TK-4)

  • Larchmont Charter School at Selma (5-8)

  • Larchmont Charter School at Lafayette Park Place (9-12)


Once a child is enrolled at Larchmont Charter, do they matriculate (remain enrolled at LCS) automatically?

Yes, once a child is enrolled at Larchmont Charter School, at any grade level or campus, matriculation to the next grade level is guaranteed from Kindergarten through grade 12. 

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