The International School of Monterey opened in 2001 as the 429th charter school authorized in the state of California. This means that ISM went through a very thorough application process that held the school founders accountable for planning teaching and instruction based on a sound educational model and for meeting a number of other operational expectations as detailed in the charter proposal. This process resulted in authorization as an independent charter school by the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.
Subsequently, amid ever-increasing requirements and expectations for charter schools, ISM has successfully renewed its charter twice in keeping with the state requirement to do so every five years. The current charter authorizes the school through spring 2016. In early 2015, ISM will begin the renewal process to secure its next extension through 2021.
The California Charter School Movement
The California Charter Schools Association provides extensive resources for those interested in charter schools in our state. As a member school, we have provided links to some of the specific CCSA resources below including links to ISM stories and features on their website. You will find much more by exploring the Understanding Charters section of the CCSA website.
CCSA Understanding Charter Resources
ISM Stories & Features on the CCSA Website
Last updated January 3, 2014 by director