California Charter Schools Register Significant Growth in New Charters, Enrollment

November 22, 2011

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(415) 505-7575

SACRAMENTO, California.--California charter public schools grew significantly this 2011-12 school year, opening at high numbers statewide, and serving more students and families in both urban and rural areas, according to data released by the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) today.

This school year, 100 new charter schools opened their doors across the state, while enrollment surged by more than 13%, from 364,024 students in 2010-11 to over 412,000 students. This growth brings the total number of charters in California to 982--the most of any state in the nation.

The enrollment figures are also significant, as charter school students now represent 7% of the total number of students attending public schools in California.

"This unparalleled growth shows tremendous momentum for the charter movement, as it took place despite incredible budget challenges and during a year of unprecedented legislative attacks against charter schools," said Jed Wallace, president and CEO of CCSA. "We want to thank the supporters of the charter movement, including students, parents and teachers, for recognizing the important role of charter schools in public education, and for supporting efforts to expand quality education opportunities to more students. The numbers show that more and more parent are joining charters, and recognizing that they are a symbol of hope."

Of the 100 new schools, 30 are located in Los Angeles County, 28 of those in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) alone. LAUSD was also the biggest authorizer of new schools in the state. In addition, San Diego and Santa Clara Counties increased their charter schools by eight (8) each, while Riverside and San Joaquin Counties followed with six (6) each. Alameda County grew by five (5) new charter schools, Sonoma County by four (4) and Sacramento County with three (3).

"This coming year, the California charter movement will commemorate its 20th anniversary, and to continue to see these upward trends is phenomenal and encouraging. We will continue to advocate for charter schools as they confront challenges in funding and facilities, and for quality choices for students and parents throughout the state," added Wallace.

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, have open enrollment, and serve all students.

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About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 982 charter public schools and more than 412,000 students 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

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