M.I.T.C.H. is a public, charter school. A charter school is a public school that has chosen a unique curriculum other than what is currently in use by the school district. It is a publicly funded school so the students and their families do not pay tuition. M.I.T.C.H. is a separate 501 (c) 3 nonprofit school approved by the Tigard/Tualatin and Sherwood School Districts. The 501(c )3 is used to designate a non religious and non political school.