Charter schools authorized by Lake Superior State University:
- will exhibit excellence as measured by student academic achievement and by other metrics related to individual missions;
- will provide alternatives to traditional public schools;
- will be legally compliant and fiscally accountable;
- and will be committed to a culture of continuous improvement.
Lake Superior State University will provide oversight and support to its authorized charter schools to provide high quality and diverse educational opportunities for their students, and to qualify them for acceptance in post-secondary programs.
Student focus. We believe the well being and interests of students are fundamental. These interests include academic achievement, a safe environment that fosters a culture of mutual respect and dignity, and access to information about the quality of education provided by our charter schools.
School autonomy. We uphold the autonomy of our charter schools. Boards are independent of the university as their authorizer. Personnel, budget, curriculum and instruction decisions are respected as responsibilities of the board, educational leaders and staff members. Compliance burdens are minimized. While we provide support to boards, leaders, staff members and students, we are not responsible for the school's success or failure, but for holding schools accountable for their organizational and student performance.
Excellent performance. We hold our chartered schools accountable for their performance. Our decisions will be data driven and we will encourage and support our schools in their efforts to inform their instruction and curriculum decisions with the use of data. We expect our schools to perform at a level above those of traditional public schools. We will close schools that fail to meet these expectations.
Individualized support. We recognize that each charter school is unique and that differences in vision, mission, values, curriculum and instruction, school culture and leadership styles reflect differences within the communities they serve and the availability of resources. While we will hold our charter schools equally accountable, we will interact differentially with them, considering these differences. We share with our schools the goal of maximum growth of their students and access to post-secondary academic opportunities.