CCSA Answers: Operating a Single Sex Charter School

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January 23, 2012 Updated 1/31/12

Question: Is it legal to operate a single-sex charter school?

Answer: The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education has established regulations around single-sex education in public schools. The regulations allow public schools, including charter schools, to both operate single-sex schools and to offer single-sex classroom learning environments. However, California charter schools that intend to operate single-sex schools must also ensure that their policies, procedures and practices comply with the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Proposition 209, approved by California Voters in 1996, which also prohibit some forms of discrimination on the basis of sex. We encourage charter schools to consult with an attorney before establishing a single sex school to get specific legal advice concerning its unique circumstances.