Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Charter Schools. They are divided in into 3 sections, General, Charter School Myths and Enrollment Questions.

General Questions

What kinds of support for learning do students receive beyond the classroom?

TECS provides multiple services for academic support beyond the classroom. Such services include: special education, Response to Intervention (K-3), regular tutoring, help from full-time classroom aide, and many others. The school also offers many other services. Our school psychologist operates as an instructional leader as well as a child behavior expert who readily attends to students in need. Our school counselor’s work extends to each child in the school. We have a nationally recognized history competition program in which our students have consistently ranked the top in the nation. Our involved Parent Organization provides a myriad of support services in a variety of venues. Furthermore, we offer and pay for each parent to take the Parent Spalding course, an incredibly influential ten-hour course that equips parents with tools to support their children. This collective, community effort provides students with the best opportunity to achieve success.

Do charter schools have uniforms?

Many charter schools have uniforms or dress codes. TECS’s dress code can be found here.

Charter School Myths

MYTH: Charter School teachers don’t have to be certified.

Charter school teachers are under the same licensing requirements as teachers at other public schools. All TECS teachers are properly certified by the state of Utah.

MYTH: Charter Schools “drain” money from public schools.

In areas where student populations are increasing, charters don't negatively impact the school district financially. The "dollars follow the scholars," and as students move to a charter school, their funding follows them. In growing districts, that student's seat is filled by another student and there is no negative financial impact on the district. In fact, growing districts experience significant benefits from charter schools. It is estimated that the two Thomas Edison schools house nearly 1000 Cache District students, saving the district from building two elementary schools.

In addition, school districts are allowed to keep the property tax revenue for students who attend charter schools in their district. And since the district is no longer responsible to educate those charter school students, they no longer have any associated expenses. The result is a significant net increase to the district’s revenue stream. For a charter school of 500 students, the district gets to keep over $350,000 annually. Clearly, under the current funding process, charter schools financially BENEFIT the local districts.

Enrollment Questions

What is the deadline for enrollment for next year?

The deadline for enrollment is established in the fall or winter for the next school year. Typically it is in January or February.

How do you handle enrollment and transition of special needs or gifted students?

Special needs students are identified and taken through the proper channels of Special Education. Previous IEP's are noted and any testing and placement that needs to be done is completed by our teachers. Gifted Students often receive an immediate challenge just by being in our program. We teach a grade level above in math and the rest of our pacing is quick and succinct. If a child is still in need of enhancements, this is taken care of by the individual student's classroom teacher with the input of the parents.