California Charter Schools Register Significant Growth In Numbers, Enrollment

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November 28, 2011 The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) released the number of new charter schools that opened this school year across the state, and the figures are both phenomenal and encouraging. This fall, 100 new charter schools opened their doors, bringing the total number of charter schools in California to 982, the most of any state in the country. In addition, enrollment grew by over 13%, to over 412,000 students.

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The Los Angeles Unified School District saw the most significant growth, with 28 new charters. 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).

The growth is significant, especially given the challenges we have faced this year, including a precarious economy and state budget, as well as legislation earlier this year that was not favorable toward charter schools.

Momentum for charter schools continues to grow, as we forge on with our mission to transform public education and offer quality public education choices to families across California.

To read more about the number of new schools, see our Press Statement and our Press Kit Page, which includes a Fact Sheet and a Spreadsheet of the new schools, their location and authorizer.

The announcement was also covered in the press. Some highlights include John Fensterwald's blog Educated Guess, EdSource Extra, the Oakland Tribune and Lake County News.