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Charter Schools, 2013-14: Characteristics & Patterns

Charter schools are schools that provide free elementary and/or secondary education to eligible students under a specific charter granted by the state legislature or other authority. This section provides information on the approximate 7,000 charter schools identified by the U.S. Department of Education for the 2013-14 school year (details).

Charter Schools, 2013-14
Using GIS tools, it is easy to see the geographic distribution of charter schools and how some counties/sub-state regions have concentrations. America's charter schools (red markers) as of the 2013-14 school year.

-- view developed using CV XE GIS; click graphic for larger view showing more detail.

Charter Schools, 2013-14, Houston Region
The following view illustrates a zoom-in view of the Houston, TX region. Charter schools (red markers) are shown in context of school districts (black boundary, yellow label. It is easy to see the relative few charter schools in Spring Branch ISD (see pointer) compared to Alief ISD and Houston ISD

-- view developed using CV XE GIS; click graphic for larger view showing more detail.

Charter Schools, Houston Region & $MHI by Block Group

-- view developed using CV XE GIS; click graphic for larger view showing more detail.

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Selected Characteristics
  All K-12 Schools
  • All K-12 schools with enrollment: 96,307
  • Enrollment of all K-12 schools: 50,195,195
  Charter Schools
  • Charter schools with enrollment: 6,375
  • Enrollment of all charter schools:
    - Total population enrollment: 2,519,245
    - Hispanic population (of any race) enrollment: 755,696
    - Black, non-Hispanic population enrollment: 682,421
    - White, non-Hispanic population enrollment: 878,375
  • Enrollment of all charter schools having enrollment of 50 or more (5,986): 2,507,498
  • Charter schools having 12th grade enrollment: 2,276
  • Charter schools having 20 or more 12th grade enrollment: 1,648
  • Charter schools with Free/Reduced Lunch Fee participation: 5,908
  • Charter schools Title I Eligible (Public Law 103-382): 4,451

About the Data
There were 6,934 schools in the 2013-14 K-12 schools dataset coded as charter school. Of these, 6,375 schools showed enrollment of one or more. For the remaining 559 schools, enrollment was reported as zero or not reported.

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