Autonomies Checklist for New Small Schools
Small Learning Communities
To be successful, New Small Schools and Small Learning Communities often require autonomies in budget, staffing, work day/work year, governance, etc. These are sometimes accomplished through special agreements, pilot school status (in-district charter), dependent charter, or independent charter status.
The Autonomies Checklist for New Small Schools and Small Learning Communities is designed to assist practitioners and policymakers to determine the specific autonomies needed by the new small school or SLC and then determine whether these autonomies can be met by regular high school status, by a special agreement with the school committee or the union or both, or by Pilot Status (In-District Charter), Dependent Charter High School Status, or Independent Charter Status.