Local Roots Take the Lead


How rural charter schools can succeed

Learn from the leaders, teachers, parents, and community members of four successful rural charter schools.



Crossroad Academy Charter School

Located in Quincy, Florida, Crossroad was initially founded in 1998 as a small diversion program serving middle schoolers. Today, Crossroad serves more than 500 students in grades preK-12.



Glacial Hills Elementary School

Located in Starbuck, Minnesota, Glacial Hills Elementary was founded in 2007 by a group of parents and community members after the local district closed the community’s elementary school. Today, Glacial Hills serves approximately 90 students in grades K-6.



Prescott Valley Charter School

Located in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Prescott Valley Charter School was founded in 2002. It operates in the largest rural community of the schools profiled here. Today, Prescott Valley Charter School serves about 250 students in grades K-8.



Roots and Wings Community School

Located in Questa, New Mexico, Roots and Wings was founded in 2000 as an expeditionary learning school focused on teaching children to embrace the outdoors. Today, Roots and Wings serves 50 students in grades K-8.