Charter enrollment has reached close to three million students nationwide as families continue to demand high-quality educational options for their children, according to a new report.
More than 500 new public charter schools opened this school year, including 31 new schools in Arizona, according to our national partner, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
The report shows an estimated 348,000 more students are attending charter schools compared to last school year, with 38,000 additional Arizona students enrolled in charters this year.
There were more than 200 charters that ceased operation last school year. In Arizona, 13 schools closed.
Arizona is ranked prominently among the 15 states with the highest number of new public charter schools, demonstrating how the state continues to be a leader in the charter movement.
Overall, Arizona has 618 charter schools that enroll over 190,000 students this school year. Nationally, there now more than 6,700 charter schools.
Charter schools comprise about 31 percent of the state’s public schools, and about 17 percent of our public students attend a charter. In 2014, 73 percent of charter schools with two years of letter grades either improved their letter grade or earned an A (A-Alt) or B (B-Alt).