SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
The California Charter Schools Association announced that the number of charter schools and enrollment numbers grew dramatically.
The CCSA that 109 charter schools opened across the state for the 2012-13 school year, surpassing last year’s new charter school openings (100) and bringing the total number of charter schools in California to 1,065.
In addition, enrollment grew by an unprecedented 70,000 students, or 17%, for a total of over 484,000 students in charters.
California maintained its position as the state in the nation with the highest number of charter schools and charter school students. This growth comes despite intense funding, facilities and authorizing challenges faced by charter schools.
“While it is plainly evident that charter schools face a host of unfair challenges in California, it is inspiring to see the resourcefulness and partnership that parents, community leaders and charter school operators are showing to expand quality charter school options in spite of all the obstacles,” said Jed Wallace, President and CEO of CCSA.
This school year, Los Angeles County had the largest charter school growth with 40 new charters, followed by 12 new charters in Sonoma County, ten in San Diego County, and six in Alameda County.
Despite this unprecedented level of growth, we estimate that more than 70,000 students were on charter school waiting lists across the state for the 2011-12 school year clearly indicating that many more families would chose the charter public school option if there was sufficient space to serve them.