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Abstract

This study was designed to investigate the qualities of charter schools that may be related to increased parental satisfaction and esteem in their children. Participants included 68 Caucasian parents, aged 37-54, of middle-school students in the Boston metro-west area, 61 of whom were women. Charter school participants included 34 parents who self-selected when completing surveys on school satisfaction, administrator and teacher accessibility, parental involvement and perception of school and peer self-esteem. Traditional district school parents, included 34 parents who were solicited on sports fields and asked to complete the same survey. Results indicated that administrator and teacher accessibility were related to school satisfaction. Charter school parents perceived their children as more satisfied with school than did traditional district school parents. This study demonstrates charter schools as fertile ground for the implementation of new philosophies and curriculum that may be later integrated into traditional settings based on their merits.

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