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Charter schools are funded by the state; however, Oregon charter schools receive lower per-pupil funding from the state than traditional public schools. Most charters offering kindergarten through eighth grade receive 80 percent of the basic state funding that goes to traditional schools; Sherwood Charter School is no exception. The remainder of the funding goes to the sponsoring school district, which is responsible for providing services such as special education to the charter school.

To make up the difference, Sherwood Charter School relies heavily on fundraising and on its parents to help with fundraising. It also asks families to contribute money each year in the form of a Program Enhancement Fee, which is currently $300 for first through eighth grades and $150 for half-day kindergarten. This money is used for enrichment activities, including field trips, Junior Achievement’s BizTown, PE equipment, art supplies¬†and musical instruments. Families with middle school students are also asked to support the school’s technology program with a $50 technology fee.