SOURCE: California Charter Schools Association

October 26, 2006 11:25 ET

California Charter Schools See More Inner-City Growth as Number Surpasses 600

65 New Charters Open Their Doors This Fall; Statewide Enrollment Close to 220,000 Students

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 26, 2006 -- California's charter public school movement is experiencing consistent growth, particularly in inner-city areas, as 65 new charter schools opened statewide this fall. The increase in the number of new students choosing to enroll in charter schools brings statewide enrollment to nearly 220,000 students attending 618 charter schools. As of this fall, close to one in 15 public schools in California is a charter public school.

New charter schools in three of California's largest school districts, Los Angeles Unified, San Diego Unified and Oakland Unified, accounted for almost half of the new charter schools opened this fall. This follows the ongoing trend of more charter schools opening up in urban communities with high concentrations of under-served kids.

Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego Unified are also districts whose charter schools have most recently experienced the strongest student achievement gains. Existing charter schools in all three districts are significantly outperforming their district counterparts in middle and high schools.

"California's charter school movement continues to grow stronger each year to meet the demand from parents for high-quality school options in their communities," said Caprice Young, CEO and president of the California Charter Schools Association. "The addition of 65 new charter public schools this year serves as recognition that charters are positively influencing public education reform."

For the second consecutive year, Los Angeles Unified opened the highest number of charter schools in any district with 20 schools -- tying the national record it set last year. Sixty percent of the new charters that opened in Los Angeles Unified are replications of existing, high-quality charter schools.

These figures were compiled based on data from the California Department of Education and through a recent charter school survey conducted by the California Charter Schools Association.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving over 600 charter public schools that serve close to 220,000 charter school students in the state of California. The Association's mission is to improve student achievement by supporting and expanding California's quality charter public school movement.

Contact Information

    Gary Larson
    Vice President of Communications
    California Charter Schools Association
    (415) 722-0127

    Sonia Torres
    Media Relations Manager
    California Charter Schools Association
    (213) 618-3801