Putting Education Reform To The Test

By The Numbers: Charter Schools Gaining Market Share In Florida


More than 2 million students nationwide attend charter schools.

Charter schools are an increasingly popular choice in Florida, as more students leave the traditional classroom.

More than 200,000 students are currently enrolled in 574 charter schools in Florida.

Charters can be found in 44 Florida districts.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has released its annual report tracking charter school enrollment.

Florida doesn’t have any districts listed among those serving the highest percentage of public charter school students, but the percentage of students attending charter schools is increasing.

Florida has two of the Top 10 Districts With the Highest Growth of Public Charter School Students: 

2. Hillsborough County Public Schools

6. Broward County Public Schools

Florida has two of the Top 10 Districts Serving the Highest Number of Public Charter School Students:

6. Miami-Dade County Public Schools

10. Broward County Public Schools

Interesting findings from the 2011-2012 report:

  • 76 percent of public school students in New Orleans attended public charter schools.
  • There are now 110 school districts with at least a 10 percent market share of charter school students. 25 districts have a 20 percent market share.
  • High charter school market share is more prevalent in the Midwest and Northeast, while significant growth is happening in the South and West.

Florida districts with at least a 10% market share of students in charters:

Lee County Public Schools – 14% of the district’s 83,896 students are enrolled in charters

Broward County Public Schools – 12% of 259,133 students

Lake County Schools – 12% of 41,315 students

Miami-Dade County Public Schools – 12% of 350,227 students

Polk County Public Schools – 12% of 96,034 students

Sarasota County Schools – 12% of 41,076 students

Indian River County District – 11% of 17,962 students

Osceola County District – 10% of 54,776 students

The report looked at the market share in districts with more than 10,000 public school students in the 2011-2012 school year. Data was gathered from state department of education databases and personnel.


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