Growth and goals, attained: News from the state’s draft charter report

By April 20, 2021 News

A draft of the annual 2020 charter report is out, with good news for the state’s charter movement. North Carolina charters are experiencing growth, even during the pandemic, and attaining key goals. At April’s Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB) meeting, members heard a presentation from the Office of Charter Schools with important developments.

Some take-aways:

  • 98.9% of charter schools met or exceeded all financial and operational goals in 2019-20.
  • 42 charters in 21 counties have received NC ACCESS subgrants, enabling them to serve larger numbers of economically disadvantaged students.
  • Enrollment in North Carolina charter schools grew in every grade level during the pandemic.
  • More than 126,000 students are currently enrolled in the state’s charter schools for the 2020-21 school year. This represents 7.5% of the state’s public K-12 enrollment. Read an earlier blog post about pandemic impacts on overall K-12 enrollment here.
  • 200 charter schools operate across the state; 78% have waitlists of students.

View the NC charter movement’s growth over time in the screenshot from the presentation to CSAB below: