The quality and effectiveness of schools is a major component of the economic engine of our state, and the overall quality of life for all citizens.

The charter school initiative in Missouri and across the US aims to provide high quality public school options and encourage innovation in public schooling.  A charter school is an independent public school, supported with public funds, and operated in partnership with a State approved sponsor.  Charter schools are held to the same standards as traditional public schools, but provide opportunities for innovation and school choice.

The University of Missouri supports high quality schooling options, and sponsors charter schools through our office, the MU Office of Charter School Operations.  Housed in the MU College of Education, our mission is to:

Improve the quality and performance of Missouri charter schools by collaborating with stakeholders to achieve exceptional educational outcomes for all students.

On this site you will find information about charter schools, the history of charter schools nationally and in Missouri, and how MU is involved as a higher education sponsor.  There is information about our current charter school partners and links to their sites.  You will also find information for starting a charter school and applying to MU for sponsorship.

Thank you for your interest in high quality educational options for the youth of Missouri.  If you have any questions not answered here, please feel free to contact our office for additional assistance.


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