November 7, 2013 Growth in California charter schools continues to gain momentum as over 500,000 students enroll in charters, and an estimated 50,000 students remain on waiting lists.
This fall, California saw 104 new charter schools opening their doors at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, bringing the total number of charter schools in California to 1,130. Charter enrollment grew by an estimated 49,179 increase, or 10%, for a total of over 519,000 students in charters. And, California maintains its position as the state in the nation with the highest number of charter schools and charter school students.
Momentum in the charter movement continues to grow year after year as parents and communities across the state turn to charter schools in ever greater numbers. This growth comes in spite of the continuing challenges charters face to secure equitable facilities, reach approval for state start-up grants, and overcome inconsistent authorizing practices.
Despite this growth, an estimated 50,000 students remain on charter school waiting lists across the state for the 2013-14 school year. Such numbers clearly indicate that many more families would choose the charter public school option if there were sufficient space to serve them.
CCSA anticipates continued growth over the next several years, as momentum builds for what has already been a very robust growth picture for charter schools in California.
- CCSA's press release
- Fact Sheet on 2013-14 New Schools
- Number of new charter schools and total schools as well as enrollment by county (xls)
- List of new schools that opened in California in the 2013-14 school year (xls)
- List of schools that closed in 2011-12 (xls)
The California Charter Schools Association offers a variety of supports for teams planning and preparing to open charter schools. Visit the "Starting a Charter" section of our website for access to information about how to open a charter school, or the "Membership" section for details about the specialized services CCSA can provide school developers.