NAPCS Report: Number of School Districts With At Least 10 Percent Charter Enrollment Climbs to 110

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Posted: November 14, 2012

The number of school districts across the country where charter schools account for at least 10 percent of the enrollment rose to 110 in 2011-12, an increase of about 15 percent, according to the seventh annual edition of A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities.

The report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools also states seven districts enroll at least 30 percent of their students in charter schools and 25 school districts have more than 20 percent charter school enrollment. Total charter school enrollment across the country is more than 2 million, about 5 percent of all public school enrollment, according to the report.

According to the report, school systems with the highest percentage of charter school enrollment are:

  • New Orleans, 76 percent, with 32,597 students
  • Detroit, 41 percent, with 47,086 students
  • Washington, D.C., 41 percent, with 31,562 students
  • Kansas City (Missouri), 37 percent, with 9,954 students
  • Flint (Michigan) City Schools, 33 percent, with 4,706 students

The report states that the school districts with the highest number of students in charter schools are:

  • Los Angeles Unified School District, with 98,576 students (15 percent of total public school enrollment) attending charter schools, up from 79,385 in 2011
  • New York City Department of Education, with 48,057 students (5 percent), up from 38,743 in 2011
  • Detroit Public Schools, with 47,086 students, (41 percent), up from 45,073 in 2011
  • School District of Philadelphia, with 46,801 students (23 percent), up from 40,322 in 2011
  • Chicago Public Schools, with 44,870 students (11 percent), up from 37,909 in 2011   

Districts with the highest growth in charter school enrollment from 2010-11 to 2011-12 are:

  • Clark County (Nevada) School District, from 4,433 students to 7,271, 64 percent growth and 2 percent of public school enrollment
  • Hillsborough County (Florida) Public Schools, from 6,207 students to 9,452, 52 percent growth and 5 percent of enrollment
  • Dallas (Texas) Independent School District, from 15,522 students to 20,709, 33 percent growth and 12 percent of enrollment
  • Phoenix (Arizona) Union High School District, from 5,622 students to 7,472, 33 percent growth and 22 percent of enrollment
  • Gilbert (Arizona) Public Schools, from 4,382 to 5,718, 30 percent growth and 13 percent of enrollment