School & District Management

Six Districts Where 40 Percent or More of Students Attend Charter Schools

By Arianna Prothero — November 10, 2015 1 min read

The number of students attending charter schools continues to grow nationally, and now enrollment in charters has reached at least 40 percent in six school districts, according to a report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Kansas City, Mo., and Gary, Ind., have joined New Orleans, Detroit, the District of Columbia, and Flint, Mich., in the 40 percent-plus club.

This is the 10th annual report from NAPCS that looks at cities with large numbers of charter school students—both in terms of percentage and raw numbers.

The top 10 districts with the largest charter school enrollments each had at least 30 percent of their students in charters. Ten years ago, only New Orleans—which continues to have the largest market share at 93 percent today—met that benchmark.

However, when looking at the total number of charter school students, the list looks a bit different with Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Miami-Dade rounding out the top five.

Although charter school enrollment has grown by 62 percent over the past five years, at 2.9 million children, charter students still only make up about 6 percent of all public school students.

You can dig into the full NAPCS report here: “A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities.”

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Graph from “A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities” by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Charters & Choice blog.