Charter Schools Drive Increase in D.C. Public Schools Enrollment

Enrollment up 4 percent

Monday, Nov 7, 2011  |  Updated 9:02 PM EDT
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Charter Schools Drive Increase in D.C. Public Schools Enrollment

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Enrollment is up in District of Columbia public schools, with public charter schools driving the increase.

Unaudited data released Monday by education officials show overall enrollment is up 4 percent this school year, to 78,200 students in the District.

Enrollment in traditional public schools was up just 1 percent to 46,191. Enrollment in charter schools jumped 9 percent, to 32,009.

Overall, the schools gained just over 3,200 students, and more than 2,600 of those -- 83 percent -- enrolled in charter schools.

The District has 53 public charter schools on 98 campuses, and charter school enrollment accounts for 41 percent of overall enrollment.

The numbers show the District has “turned the corner” after a decade of declining enrollment, Mayor Vincent Gray said.

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