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Charter schools are public schools of choice. In Iowa, schools obtain charters only with the approval and oversight of their local school district. In addition to schools directly operated by a school district, charter schools are another way that communities can create new public education options and partnerships for their children.


Charter Schools Program Guidance - Summarizes the 2021 legislation signed into law that affects the operations of new charter schools (established after July 1, 2021) in Iowa. The intended audiences for this guidance are district school boards and independent founding groups considering establishing a charter school. Existing charter schools (those established prior to July 1, 2021) are not subject to the new laws but will continue to operate under the former regulations for charter schools.

Reports to the Legislature

The most current Charter Report can be found at Charter and Innovation Zone Schools in Iowa Legislative Report.
Contact Janet Boyd at or 515-745-3385 for more information regarding annual reports or charter laws in Iowa.

Authorized Charter Schools

Storm Lake / Iowa Central / Buena Vista Early College Charter High School (Grades 9-12)
Storm Lake Community School District
P.O. Box 638
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588-0638

Northeast Iowa Charter High School (Grades 9-12)
West Central Community School District
P.O. Box 54
Maynard, Iowa 50655-0054

Link to Charter School Finance

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 23, 2021 at 4:02am.