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What is a charter school?

A charter school is a public school that is freed from many state rules and regulations that apply to public schools in exchange for greater accountability for student achievement. A charter is authorized through a charter agreement with the school board and is governed by an independent council. Charter schools provide families choice in learning environments that best meet the needs of their child.


Charter schools are one way that KMSD builds potential for student achievement, staff opportunity and transformation using innovative environments, teaching methods, and personalized learning to meet unique needs of all learners.


KMSD has four charter schools, KM Global (high school), KM Perform (high school), High School of Health Sciences, and KM Explore (elementary). Staffing and the district's (per student) resources to students enrolled in a charter school follows the same guidelines for students in any KMSD school.


How will KM Explore be governed?

Charter schools in Wisconsin are governed independently by the charter school’s governance council. The governance council for KM Explore has been formed by the design team and KM Explore Director, Laura Dahm. Council members were nominated based on skills and experiences that align with specifically designed roles and the mission and needs of the school. The council is accountable to the charter agreement authorized by the Kettle Moraine School Board.


Where is KM Explore located?

KM Explore is located on the first floor of the Wales Campus: 219 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales Wi.


What ages will KM Explore serve?

KM Explore is open to all district students, students currently accepted through open enrollment and students who apply and are accepted into KMSD through open enrollment in grades kindergarten (5K) through 5th grade.  Priority enrollment is reserved for district residents and those students currently attending a KM school through open enrollment.


Will there be a tuition to attend KM Explore?

No. KM Explore will be a public charter school open to all to all Kettle Moraine residents and students accepted through open enrollment.


How are charter schools funded?

Charter schools are funded and staffed at the same level as other Kettle Moraine schools, based upon the number of students they serve. Charter schools receive an allocation of district level support for functions such as technology support, business services, facilities, etc. If the charter's Governance Council elects to provide resources beyond district funding levels, they have opportunities for fund-raising or grants, similar to the grant applications and fund-raising that is done by parent groups for district schools.


Where can I get more information about charter schools in Wisconsin?

The Department of Public Instruction provides information on Wisconsin charter schools and rules at


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