3 Challenges Charter Schools Face
Charter schools are becoming increasingly popular across the United States, and are continuing to both build and expand to meet the demands of student numbers. Charter schools are publicly funded facilities that are open to any student, and require no tuition fees. There are 3 challenges charter schools face however, and administrators are looking for ways to solve these issues. Charter schools face challenges in obtaining facilities, accommodating rapid growth of existing schools, and adequate access to funding sources. Each of these issues is almost universal for charter schools around the country, and with the help of the modular building industry there is a solution.
According to, Charter School Facilities Initiative: Initial Findings from Twelve States, only between 10 and 34 percent of charter schools in each state meet grade level standards for facility size. Charter schools are overcrowded and lacking compared to public schools, with regard to classroom size, and special facilities including labs, cafeterias, libraries, and other special building types. Lack of a proper learning environment can negatively affect student performance.
Charter schools around the United States are turning to modular buildings because they provide leasing options that allow charter schools to break down the cost of a building into affordable monthly payments. The flexibility of financing modular buildings allows charter schools to match their monthly funding with their facility costs. Modular buildings have proven to create high a quality learning environment for students, because classrooms can be designed just like that of traditional construction. Classrooms, offices, training facilities, lab rooms, restrooms, libraries and more can all be built with modular construction, quickly and affordably.
As charter schools become increasingly popular, space becomes an issue. According to a 2015 report from U.S. News, charter schools have grown on an average of 12-13 percent over the past 10 years (Charter Schools Are Here to Stay, 2015). With these growing numbers, charter schools across the nation are expanding rapidly and seeking the best solution to address overcrowding.
One of the largest benefits of modular construction is that space can be easily added to any existing facility quickly. Each module is built off-site, inside a controlled factory setting. Once the modules are constructed they are then brought to the school campus to be fitted together for completion. This is approach benefits charter schools several ways. Because the modules are built off-site, there will be little disturbance for the students and teachers during the process. The school will be able continue functioning each day without disruption from construction, including loud noise disturbances or displacement. Truck traffic and overall construction work on school property is reduced with modular construction, providing a safer environment for workers, students, faculty, and staff.
Many articles discuss the idea of a “gap” between funding for public schools and charter schools, and that there is an unfair advantage for public schools. “We identified a funding gap of 28.4 percent, meaning that the average public charter school student in the U.S. is receiving $3,814 less in funding than for the average traditional public school student.” (Charter School Funding: Inequity Expands, 2014).
Often times, charter schools are given special funding when they choose to rent a building, rather than permanent construction. Leasing a building is a low-hassle option, as most of the initial work is done by the modular building company, rather than the charter school.
At Vanguard Modular, we pride ourselves on customer service and customization. If your charter school is looking to lease a building, we will work closely with you to make sure you get the building(s) you need when you need them, and that your monthly payments are as affordable as possible. Vanguard Modular does not have a, “one size fits all” method of doing business with our clients. Each client has specific needs, and we work with them to ensure satisfaction.