Unparalleled Growth for California Charter Schools in 2010-11 School Year

November 9, 2010

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
November 9, 2010

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(415) 505-7575
vwaters@calcharters.org

Statewide number now stands at 912, largest single year growth in history of charter schools

SACRAMENTO, California (November 9, 2010)

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) today announced the largest one-year growth of new charter schools in the nation, as 115 new schools opened their doors at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year.

The total number of charter schools in California now stands at 912, the highest number of any state in the country. This is the most significant growth registered since the Charter Schools Act passed in 1992 in California, though the number of charter schools has accelerated its growth in the past decade.

"This is an extraordinary time in the history of charter schools in California, as we are seeing unparalleled growth as the result of parents and communities clamoring for more choices," said Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the CCSA. "We have surpassed expectations, and it's a clear sign of the change in the education landscape our state is experiencing."

Of the 115 new charter schools, 86% are start-ups and 14% are conversions. Site-based schools continue to dominate, with 91 total new schools (79%), though independent study and combination charters are increasing every year. In addition, every major county in the state experienced significant growth, with Los Angeles County topping the list with 31 new charters for a total of 242, the highest number of charter schools in any county in the U.S.

They were followed by:

  • San Diego County with 11 new charter schools, for a total of 92
  • Placer County with 7 schools for a total of 17
  • Butte with six new charters for a total of 16
  • San Joaquin County also with six for a total of 26 new schools
  • San Bernardino had 5 new schools for a total of 36
  • Santa Clara also with five for a total of 38
  • Sonoma County with five new schools for a total of 36

"Charter schools are growing beyond urban areas, and into rural communities, as parents realize that charter schools are now a mainstream option. Public education is shifting to a new era, with greater choice and local control than has not been seen in decades," added Wallace.

Learn more about 2010-2011 charter school growth here.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to usher in a new era in public education so all students attend independent, innovative, accountable schools of choice. The Mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to influence the legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high quality, charter schools reflective of California's student population. For more information, please visit www.calcharters.org.

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