For Immediate Release: January 31, 2022
Contact: Jason Novak / / 203-641-6681


(NEW YORK) – The New York City Charter School Center today announced that public charter schools continued to grow for the 6th straight year, despite declines in overall public school enrollment and the continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highlights of the data include:

  • Charter schools saw overall enrollment grow by 1.3% this year, and by 9% since the start of the pandemic (2019-2020 school year)
  • Charter schools saw 20% growth for English Language Learners (ELL) – marking a 63% increase in ELL over the last 5 years alone
  • Overall, 1 in 4 Black students across the five boroughs now attend a charter school, including 2 out of every 5 Black students in grades K-1.

“Despite a cap on the creation of charter schools in New York City and the historic challenges of the past two years, the City’s public charters continued to grow during the pandemic – by 9%,” said James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter Center. “Our growth is a direct result of the incredible work of our teachers, staff and school leaders across 272 schools to provide a high-quality education to the students who make up our diverse and vibrant public charter school community, and to give families a choice to find the school that’s best for their child.”

Overall Enrollment Growth 2015-2022

ELL Enrollment Growth 2015-2022

Data Source: NYSED Preliminary Enrollment Data for 2021-22 School Year. Percent Change in Student Enrollment by ELL Subgroup for 2020-2021 School Year is based on NYSED Preliminary Enrollment Data for 2020-21 School Year. More details on the enrollment data can be found HERE.