The Des Moines school board will let the district's troubled charter school stay open the next two years.
The board decided the school will get extra oversight. Board President Teree Caldwell-Johnson says the board "put the charter school on a real short leash."
The school faced possible closure because of budget problems and low enrollment. Parents and teachers also sent letters to the school's advisory board alleging mismanagement.
The school's director, Nina Rasmusson, resigned in April.
The school has been open for 17 months. It serves students in grades seven through nine and will admit 10th-graders this coming fall.