Summary

The purpose of this internship was to inform debate about the state of access to charter school education in Canada. At the time of the study, Alberta was the only Canadian province that permitted the establishment of Charter Schools – publicly funded schools that offer students an alternative learning environment which is structured around specific goals and outcomes determined by the charter granting organization. The study examined the requirements and processes of applying to a charter school. Students who were rejected from the schools were interviewed to ascertain where they went after the rejection and how they estimated their schooling was going. Key interviews with personnel involved in the application process were conducted in order to determine schools’ reasons for rejecting students. This research was applied to further analyses about charter school applications and the difficulty of establishing charter schools to serve interested populations.