More than 17,000 names are on waiting lists for the District of Columbia's charter schools, and more than 700 slots remain available at some schools.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board has compiled self-reported data from the city's 98 charter school campuses. One school, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, has about 3,000 students waiting to enroll.
The waiting list of 17,000 announced Monday represents about half the 33,700 students already enrolled in public charter schools for the fall.
Charter school board Executive Director Scott Pearson says the numbers show D.C. families' demand for quality school options.
For the first time, the charter school board is posting information about waiting lists online with available openings by school and grade. The lists will be updated in July and August.