Salem-Keizer Public Schools currently sponsors four local charter schools: Howard Street Charter School, JGEMS Charter School, Valley Inquiry Charter School and Optimum Learning Environments Charter School.
Charter Schools are independently operated, publicly funded schools. The charter school establishes a contract (a charter) with a sponsor, often a school district (such as SKPS), university, or public educational institution depending on the state, to which they are academically and financially accountable.
You can learn more about charter schools on the Oregon Department of Education website.
Over the next several months, Salem-Keizer’s four sponsored charter schools will be accepting applications. All charter schools accept applications annually and students are admitted through a lottery system. Below, find additional information on each charter and their application process.