New York state’s first charter school opened in Harlem in 1999, one year after the passage of the Charter Schools Act in 1998. Since then, New York City’s public charter school sector has grown to encompass 274 schools across the 5 boroughs. Charter schools currently serve an estimated 146,200 students in NYC. 

15%

of all NYC public school students attend a charter school

420

NYC charter school campuses currently in operation—growing from 3 campuses in1999

More than

37,000

students have graduated from NYC charter schools in the past 15 years.*

NYC’S CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT HAS INCREASED EVERY YEAR SINCE THE FIRST SCHOOLS OPENED

 Source: NYC Public Schools, August 2023 

* City date sources are unavailable for years prior to those charted

NEW YORK CITY CHARTER SCHOOLS HAVE PREDOMINANTLY SERVED ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS*

 % FRPL   

Source: NYC Public Schools, August 2023

* City date sources are unavailable for years prior to those charted

For the last 15 years, approximately 80% of the students served in NYC charter schools are economically disadvantaged— higher than the citywide average of district schools (72%).

Testing data over the past 8 years show that charter school students of color have consistently achieved higher proficiency rates than their district counterparts.

THE NUMBER OF BLACK AND HISPANIC STUDENTS – AS WELL AS ALL OTHER SUBGROUPS – HAS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED IN NYC CHARTER SCHOOLS*

 #Asian  #Black   #Hispanic  #White

Source: NYC Public Schools, August 2023 

* City date sources are unavailable for years prior to those charted 

ENROLLMENT OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN CHARTER SCHOOLS CONTINUES TO GROW*

 % ELL  % SWD

Source: NYC Public Schools, August 2023 

* City date sources are unavailable for years prior to those charted 

18%

The percent of students with IEPs in charter schools has been comparable to the district for years

101

charter schools enroll a higher proportion of students with disabilities than the citywide average

ELL enrollment in NYC charter schools increased by

39%

from 2019 to 2022

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