Estimated Charter School Enrollment in Florida Jumps to 302,000; Total Enrollment Increases Seven Percent at 661 Schools from 2017 to 2018

New Enrollment Report Released by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A research report released by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) shows estimated charter school enrollment in Florida jumped seven percent to a new total of 302,000 students, who currently attend 661 public charter schools in the state.

The 661 charter schools in Florida is a net gain of five new schools, which represents a one percent increase from 2017.

Nationwide, the estimated enrollment report noted a five percent increase in the number of students attending public charter schools from 2017 to 2018, with nearly 3.2 million students enrolled at more than 7,000 charter schools. The five percent increase represents more than 150,000 additional students.

The NAPCS report documented the nationwide opening of more than 300 new charter schools last year. According to the report, 17 states plus the District of Columbia have at least 100 charter schools. Only California and Texas have more charter schools than Florida.

“Florida’s charter schools continue to report record attendance, thanks to growing demand from Florida’s parents,” said Robert Haag, President of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS).

A pair of surveys cited by the NAPCS indicate between 16 and 17 percent of parents of school-age children in the U.S. want to send their children to charter schools, when location and capacity are not issues. With such a high-level of demand from parents, the report estimates the potential number of charter school students nationwide is between 8 and 8.5 million.

About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools. Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven. FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking, and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.