2014-15 New Schools Press Kit

November 17, 2014

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California Charter School Movement Grows, Enrolls Over Half A Million Students

An estimated 547,800 students are enrolled in charter public schools across California for the 2014-15 school year. An additional 87 new charter schools opened their doors, bringing the total number of charter schools in California to 1,184. California remains the state with the greatest number of charter public schools, and the most students enrolled in charters, anywhere in the country.

Momentum in California's charter movement builds each year as parents choose the charter school option in ever greater numbers. Yet a record 91,000 students are on charter school waiting lists in California, proving that more families would choose the charter school option if there were sufficient space to serve them.

Evidence over the past five years argues that the public has never been more supportive of charter public schools than they are right now based on growth in charter school enrollment, waiting list numbers, and polling data. This growth in support has occurred during a period when charter public schools have been held more accountable than traditional public schools and have strengthened their performance, especially with historically underserved students.

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.

More information:

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.