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Charter Schools
 
A charter school in Oregon is a public school operated by a group of parents, teachers and/or community members as a semi-autonomous school of choice within a school district. It is given the authority to operate under a contract or "charter" between the members of the charter school community and the local board of education (sponsor). Under Oregon law, a charter school is a separate legal entity operating under a binding agreement with a sponsor. A public charter school is subject to certain laws pertaining to school district public schools, is released from others and must operate consistent with the charter agreement.
 
Springfield offers two different charter school options: The arts-based Academy of Arts and Academics, or A3 (grades 9–12) and the leadership-based Willamette Leadership Academy (grades 6–8 and grades 9–12). 
 
Springfield's charter schools operate on a separate academic calendar. Please consult the schools for more information and for school-specific rules and guidelines.