Why Charter Schools

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Different from Traditional Public Schools

Open to All. As public charter schools, Career Academy and Success Academy are open to all Indiana residents. Traditional public schools are organized in districts: the school you are entitled to attend depends on where you live.

Attracting the Committed. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools receive no funding for transportation, so just getting here every day takes dedication. Even so, we attract students from throughout the county and beyond. Our culture is strong because every family is here by choice.

Approachable and Safe. It’s easy to build relationships and a safe environment in a school setting where staff and students know each other by name. Many students come to us for a safe and friendly haven.

Career Academy South Bend Students in Classroom

Different from Private Schools

Free. Our charter schools are free to attend. There are no application fees or tuition, and free or reduced-priced lunches and technology fees are available for qualifying students on the same basis as in traditional public schools.

Secular. Faith can have many positive influences, but we believe students benefit from a well-rounded secular education, learning to thrive in a down-to-earth environment. We stress character, effort and integrity as essential measures of the self, but we do not dictate on ideas of faith.

Diverse. An essential part of education is to experience diversity in background, belief, ethnicity, style, and ideas. It’s a diverse world. Students are taught that their differences are as important and appreciated as their similarities.

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Different from Other Schools

Career-Oriented. From Kindergarten to 12th grade, Career and Success Academy students learn about the expectations in the working world and how to pursue a fulfilling vocation for each student based on their abilities, interest, and personality. By 8th grade, students have already explored many channels of experiential education, and begin to focus their chosen pathways.

Project-Based Learning (PBL). Research reveals that hands-on learning through creative projects is not only more enjoyable for students, but is highly effective for absorbing, understanding and utilizing complex material. We use PBL from kindergarten through graduation.