December 10, 2013 The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its eighth edition of A Growing Movement: America's Largest Charter School Communities, identifying which school districts had the largest percentage of students in charter schools, the largest total number of students attending charters, and the strongest charter enrollment growth during the 2012-2013 school year.
As this new report details, charter schools are taking a permanent and sizeable presence in many regions across our state including, Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland. In fact, California has the most school districts (28) with at least 10 percent of students enrolled in public charter schools in the nation. In three California school districts, one out of every five students is in a charter school (Grossmont, Baldwin Park, and Oakland). We account much of this growth to the fact that charter public schools are on the cutting edge of public education reform.
Three of California's largest school districts showed remarkable charter school student growth since 2012 - among the fastest growth seen in the nation:
- San Diego Unified (35 percent growth: an additional 4,636 charter students)
- Los Angeles Unified (23 percent growth: an additional 22,382 students)
- Oakland Unified (19 percent growth: an additional 1,593 students)
The report also highlighted California's charter growth from year to year:
In November 2013, CCSA announced that 104 new charter schools opened across California for the 2013-14 school year, bringing the total number of charter schools in the state to 1,130. Charter school enrollment grew by an estimated 49,179 students, a 10 percent increase from 2012-13. There are now more than 519,000 students enrolled in charters. And, California maintained its position as the state with the greatest number of charter schools and charter school students.
Momentum in the charter movement continues to grow year after year as parents and communities across California turn to charter schools in ever greater numbers. And with each year, more educators, parents, and community leaders come together to open new schools across the state in order to make school choice an option for more of California's students.