Maps For School Developers


CCSA has created a series of maps designed to support developers as they explore potential sites for their schools. The maps illustrate under-enrollment, free- or reduced-price lunch rates, and school performance as captured by the Academic Performance Index.

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Maps for School Developers

Understanding community needs and assets is one of the first steps in the school development process. Using publicly available data from the California Department of Education, CCSA has created a series of maps designed to support developers as they explore potential locations for their schools. Three maps are currently available:

  • Academic Performance: Whether you are searching for an area with high need for a school or writing your petition and developing a case for the need for your school, use this map to view Academic Performance Indices (API) for district schools and charter schools.
  • School Enrollment: If you are working to understand where enrollment has decreased within a given district or which schools might have open space, start with the School Enrollment map, which draws on enrollment information for the last six academic years.
  • Free or Reduced Price Meals: If it is your mission to serve a high need population or you are in the process of making sense of the Charter School Facilities Program, this map can serve as a starting point for identifying areas where there are high rates of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals.

All of these maps are in beta and are based on data produced by the California Department of Education. As a result, we cannot make guarantees about the accuracy of the data and encourage you to verify it before using it for any critical purpose. Potential sources for verifying information about a particular school include the California Department of Education's Dataquest tool and the Education Data Partnership.

Use the zoom bar on the left of each map to hone in on a location and click on the flags to learn more about a particular school.

If you have questions or corrections pertaining to these maps, please contact

API (Academic Performance Index) Scores

The Academic Performance Map is intended to help developers identify areas where higher and lower performing schools are located, as indicated by their Academic Performance Index Scores. This information could be used as a starting point for research into potential need for a school in a given area. This map illustrates the 2012 Growth API Scores of charter schools and district schools.

Schools are assigned flags according to their API Scores:

 Red = 0-699;  Orange = 700-749;  Yellow = 750-799;  Green = 800-899;  Blue = 900-1000; c White = Data not available
If it is a charter school, the flag shows a star (*). Online schools are not included on this map.

Data sources:

Decreases in School Enrollment

This map highlights district schools that have experienced a decrease in enrollment during the last five years.* To derive the level of this decrease, we identified the maximum of the number of students enrolled at each school between the 2011-2012 and 2006-2007 school years, then subtracted enrollment for the 2011-12 school year.

This map might be used as a starting point for school developers to identify potential facilities for co-location. It is important to emphasize that the decrease in enrollment may or may not indicate under-enrollment; for example, the school may have been overcrowded at its peak, additional space may currently be in use in a different way, or part of the facility may be unsafe for use. Developers will need to do further research to understand the status of any given facility.

On this map, schools are assigned circles of varying colors according to the level of the decrease in enrollment:

 Red = 300 or more;  Yellow = 100-299;  Green = 0-99; c White = Data not available

Data Source:

*Charter public schools are not included on this map.

Free or Reduced Price Meal Levels

This map highlights the levels of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals (FRPM) at schools across the state.

Developers may use these maps as a starting point for research that seeks to identify areas with particular FRPM concentrations as well as areas that might be suited for the Charter School Facility Grant Program.

The Charter School Facility Grant Program provides funding assistance to charter schools for rent and lease expenditures that meet specific eligibility criteria. To be eligible charter schools must serve a student population with at least 70 percent of their pupils eligible for free or reduced price meals (FRPM), or they must be physically located in the attendance area of a public elementary school with 70 percent or more FRPM qualified students. Charter schools may be reimbursed $750 per ADA or up to 75 percent of their total lease or rental costs, whichever amount is lower. Funds may not be used to purchase facilities or for lease/purchase agreements.

This map highlights elementary schools and their free or reduced price meal (FRPM) levels (indicated by a red flag with a star). Because this is such a critical source of funding reliant on accurate information and because this data point can fluctuate, we highly recommend using this map only as a starting point. Any and all rates and information should be verified before making any decisions.

In the map above, schools are assigned flags according to their FRPM rate:

 Red = 70-100%;  Yellow = 35-69%;  Green = 0-34%; White = Data not available

Elementary schools are indicated with a star (*).

Data sources:

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