Charter schools in Florida must be non-profit organizations and be sponsored by a school district, which oversees the schools along with the state. The Florida Department of Education provides an annual analysis and comparison of the overall performance of charter school students to traditional public school students. The comparison is based on the statewide assessment program and information reported by the charter school to the school district.
The Palm Beach County School District currently sponsors 50 charter schools at locations across the entire county. While some schools offer a general curriculum similar to that of the public schools, many offer unique specialty or career education options not available elsewhere, such as the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy which specializes in Maritime, Science and Technology programs; the Palm Beach School for Autism in Lantana serving children from preschool through 12th grade who are on the autism spectrum; and the Toissaint L’Overture High School for Arts and Social Justice in Delray Beach, which offers an emphasis on ESOL education for newcomer students from the Caribbean and other countries. A directory of Palm Beach County’s charter schools is available at www.palmbeachschools.org/charter/CharterDirectory.asp.