NEW YORK CITY CHARTER SCHOOLS KICK OFF 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF CHARTERS IN NEW YORK
Nearly 80% of NYC Charter Schools Open Before NYC DOE Start Date
NEW YORK, NY – New York City charter schools began welcoming back an estimated 142,500 students to 274 charter schools this month, getting a head start on the new school year. Nearly 80% of NYC’s charter schools are kicking off the 2023-24 school year early in order to provide students and teachers with more time in the classroom.
The 2023-24 school year marks the 25th anniversary of charter schools in New York, with the passage of the state’s Charter Schools Act in 1998. The New York City Charter School Center will launch an anniversary celebration next month, in partnership with the City’s charters, to commemorate the impact public charter schools have had on NYC’s education landscape.
Key Facts and Figures
- Approximately 79% of charter schools in the city will open before September 7, the official start date of the NYC DOE.
- Charter schools now educate an estimated 15% of New York City’s public school students.
- New York City has 274 charter schools across the five boroughs, including:
- 94 in the Bronx
- 90 in Brooklyn
- 55 in Manhattan
- 27 in Queens
- 8 in Staten Island
The 2023-2024 NYC Charter School Fact Sheet offers more details on NYC’s charter school sector.
“Charter school leaders and teachers across the city are thrilled to welcome students back for a new school year of learning, growth and opportunity,” said James Merriman, Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Charter School Center. “Recognizing the need, many charter schools are opening their doors early. Charter educators across NYC spent the early weeks of August in training and now will welcome kids into their classrooms long before Labor Day. This will give charter students a head start on learning the skills that will set them up for success in the classroom and their communities.”