The purpose of Ararat Charter School is to provide parents with choices about what style of public school their child will attend. In its first year of implementation 2010, Ararat Charter School started with 120 students in grades K-3. In successive years, 4th grade, 5th grade, and TK were added respectively. Currently ACS serves 384 students, with 600 on the waiting list. Based on this current enrollment and number of students on the waiting list, ACS is a school of choice in the community.