LEAD Academy was founded in 2019 as Montgomery’s first public charter school. We provide scholars and their parents with the option for rigorous educational opportunities within the local public school sector without the added expense of private school tuition. In collaboration with our community, LEAD Academy is seeking funding for our school to continue growing while offering a high-quality education for children in Montgomery. We have a projected enrollment of nearly 700 scholars for the 2022-2023 school year. In order to make sure our scholars have enough space to grow and learn, we have plans to expand our current campus or purchase another. With your support and the support of our entire community, we will be able to make those plans come to life.
Erik Estill | LEAD Academy Executive Director

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Are there similarities between charter schools and district schools?

Like traditional public schools, charter schools are tuition-free. They do not have admissions requirements or entrance exams, and they are required to participate in state testing.

How are charter schools funded?

Public charter schools receive 100% of federal funds, 100% of state funds, and up to 10 mills of local funds associated with each child enrolled at the public charter school. These state and federals funds are often allocated to specific programs. Since charter schools do not get local funding, this leaves them to bring in the rest of their funding via grants and gifts from loyal donors.

What makes charter schools different?

Charter schools are exempt from some public school district laws, which provides them with autonomy and flexibility regarding curriculum, staff, and budget in exchange for delivering academic results and meeting the charter requirements. While there is freedom in this, charter schools still have regular accountability audits from the state department.

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a tuition-free, independently-operated public school of choice that is held accountable via a contract (charter) with an authorizing agency such as a local school system or the state commission.  It is required to be under a non-profit organization. LEAD Academy is authorized by the State Charter Commission and has to answer to the commission for all that we do.


I like LEAD Academy because they cater to each student's individual learning needs. They take a non-traditional approach to learning, they have a smaller campus size, and there is open communication between staff, students, and parents.
Sirenthisa Daniels, Parent
Lead Academy has taught my son a lot. He's being going since Kidergarten and he loves it. His teachers have been amazing from the start. I plan on him graduating from this school.
He is a proud scholar!
LaTari Robinson, Parent