Charter Schools

Sarasota County School's mission is to authorize high quality public charter schools through a rigorous standards-based approval process, effective and continuous oversight, and meaningful collaboration to ensure that students who attend Sarasota County charter schools attain a quality education and achieve high expectations.

Information for Parents and Students: Parents and Students  

Application information to open a charter school in Sarasota County: Charter Application Process  

Charter schools are public schools that operate under a performance contract or a "charter," which frees them from most rules and regulations created for traditional public schools. Charter schools are allocated public educational funds from the same monies given to traditional public schools. They hire their own teachers, design their own academic program, and control their own finances. They have their own board of directors that make decisions for the school.

Sarasota County Schools has oversight responsibility for all charter schools within the county, but charter schools function largely independently under the terms of their contract or charter with the district. Organizations wishing to be granted permission to operate a charter school within the district must apply to the School Board of Sarasota County, submitting details about the proposed school and its governing board. 

Information and Assistance

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call

Mrs. Katrina Ward, Supervisor
School Choice and Charter Schools
941-927-9000, Extension 32262

Visit the state's School Choice and Charter Schools website for important information at

Florida Department of Education (FLDOE)


Integrated Instructional Support Services 
Dr. Natalie Roca, Executive Director

Kathi Faulkner, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32250
Fax: 941-927-4021
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Blue 1st Floor

Charter Schools  


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10/24/2017 - Toledo Blade Open House(Parent Teacher Conf Night)

10/25/2017 - School Board and SCTA Bargaining

10/26/2017 - Venice Middle Fall Band Concert

10/31/2017 - Mental Health First Aid - Manatee Community Foundation 2820 Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton 34205

11/1/2017 - School Board and SCTA Bargaining

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