NAPCS Report: Charter School Market Share Climbs

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Posted: October 17, 2011
Focus Areas: Charter Operations

The number of cities where at least 30 percent of public school students attend charter schools has gone from four to six in the past year, while the number of districts with at least 10 percent of students enrolled in charter schools has gone from 91 to 96, according to an October 2011 report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools .

In addition to showing those places with the highest market share and number of students attending charter schools, the sixth annual edition of “A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities” shows for the first time the ten districts with the largest growth in charter school enrollment. All had growth of at least 19 percent from the 2009-2010 school year to 2010-2011.The growth can be attributed largely to the “opening of a significant number of new public charter schools,” according to the report.

Those districts were:

• Orange County, Florida (42 percent)

• Memphis, Tennessee (41 percent)

• New York, New York (29 percent)

• Mesa, Arizona (27 percent)

• Baltimore, Maryland (26 percent)

• New Orleans, Louisiana (23 percent)

• Alpine, Utah (22 percent)

• San Antonio, Texas (21 percent)

• Indianapolis, Indiana (20 percent)

• Los Angeles, California (19 percent)

• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (19 percent)

The places with the highest percentages of charter school enrollment in the 2010-2011 school year were:

• New Orleans, Louisiana (70 percent)

• Washington, D.C. (39 percent)

• Detroit, Michigan (37 percent)

• Kansas City, Missouri (35 percent)

• Flint, Michigan (32 percent)

• Gary, Indiana (30 percent)

• St. Louis, Missouri (29 percent)

• Dayton, Ohio (27 percent)

• Youngstown, Ohio (24 percent)

• Albany, New York (23 percent)

• Cleveland, Ohio (23 percent)

• Toledo, Ohio (23 percent)

The places enrolling the highest number of public charter school students in the 2010-2011 school year were:

• Los Angeles, California (79,385)

• Detroit, Michigan (45,073)

• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (40,322)

• New York, New York (38,743)

• Chicago, Illinois (37,909)

• Houston, Texas (37,499)

• Miami-Dade County, Florida (35,380)

• Washington, D.C. (29,366)

• New Orleans, Louisiana (27,728)

• Broward County, Florida (24,150)