Charter Schools

In May 2001, Governor Frank O’Bannon signed a law that allowed educators, parents, and others across Indiana to create charter schools. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools open to any state resident. These schools are authorized by businesses or higher education organizations, but the charter schools control their own curriculum, staffing, and budget. In exchange for this freedom, the charter schools must maximize student potential and meet or exceed Indiana’s new academic standards.

Grace College is committed to fulfilling its role as a high-quality charter school authorizer by holding its schools accountable across a variety of performance dimensions:

  • Students First
  • High Expectations
  • Excellence in Leadership
  • Commitment to Innovation
  • Rigorous and Transparent Accountability

Grace College’s mission is one of strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. We are excited to partner with organizations who share this vision.


Charter School Information

Application Process

Application Deadlines


The following schools are authorized by Grace College:

Smith Academy for Excellence

Dugger Union Community School


Pending Applications

  • Seven Oaks Classical School

For more information contact Tim Ziebarth, Executive Officer of Academic Affairs, 574-372-5100 ext. 6190 or Lorraine Bingham, Academic Support Specialist,  574-372-5100 ext. 6196.