Over 580,000 Students Choose Charter Schools in 2015-16

November 2, 2015

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An estimated 581,100 students are enrolled in charter public schools across the state for the 2015-16 school year. An additional 80 new charter schools opened their doors, bringing the total number of charter schools in California to 1,230. California remains the state with the greatest number of charter public schools, and the most students enrolled in charter schools, anywhere in the country.

Momentum in California's charter school movement builds each year as parents choose the charter school option in ever greater numbers. Yet we are unable to keep up with parent demand as the number of students waiting to attend charter schools grows. A record 158,000 students are on charter school waiting lists in California, proving that more families would choose the charter public school option if there were sufficient space to serve them.

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