Who Are We?

Kid Sammy

Sam Houston State University Charter School is a TUITION FREE, open-enrollment, public charter school that will be in its first year of operation for the 2017-2018 school year. SHSU Charter School is housed in various pre-existing childcare facilities in the Houston, Texas area with its headquarters located at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

SHSU Charter School will serve several different age groups throughout our sites, ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade depending on the location. With each academic year, the charter school intends to add a grade level with the expectation of serving 120 kindergarten through fifth grade students in 2021 at each site.

SHSU Charter School classrooms will have a 20:1 student teacher ratio with master teachers who are experts in their profession. Students will have innovative and research-based curriculum and state-of-the-art technology, with affiliation and access to the resources of the most respected College of Education in Texas.


Sam Houston State University Charter School is dedicated to being a transformational learning model through a choice education system that can be replicated by Independent School Districts in Texas so young students can experience academic, emotional, and social success while they pursue their life ambitions.


Our vision is to provide the highest quality instruction in a safe and motivating learning environment for all students using a variety of instructional strategies that are research-based best practices in the field to ensure that each student is academically successful in reaching all his/her goals.

Superintendent's Statement

The Sam Houston State University Charter School is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.  The school was granted an “open enrollment” charter by the Texas Education Agency.  This will allow the sites to be reflective of the demographics of their home public school districts.  I have been asked why a charter school? Our purpose is to provide the highest quality education to our students and also provide the students of the Sam Houston State University Educator Preparation Program a place to hone their skills as future educators.

In October of 2017, the Texas Education Agency conducted a site visit at the SHSU Charter School to evaluate progress during its first year of integration. To view the TEA Report, click here.