Charter School Growth and Closures

History of Charter School Growth and Closure 

As the sole entity in Washington, DC with the power to open new public charter schools, close the low performing schools and expand the high performing schools, we are committed to giving students and parents more opportunities to attend great schools.

Since 2012, we have received 50 new charter applications and approved 20 diverse school options.   See Approved Public Charter Schools table for detailed information. 

Notes:
LEA = Local education agency
DC PCSB = DC Public Charter School Board 
BOE = DC Board of Education

Download List of Approved Public Charter Schools

All Nonprofits or LEA Approved To Open Since 1996

Closed Public Charter Schools

Between 2012 and 2017, 21 charter LEA or campuses/programs closed, all under our oversight:

  • 8 public charter LEAs had their charter revoked; three public charter LEAs were not renewed in their 15th year of operation.
  • 5 public charter LEAs relinquished their charter. 
  • 8 public charter campuses/programs closed or eliminated grades. 
  • Of the 8 public charter campuses/programs closed, 3 of the LEAs associated with these campuses/programs are still in operation. 
  • 7 closed public charter LEAs were acquired by other operators.  
  • 15 public charter LEAs/programs closed because of academic deficiencies. 
  • 6 public charter LEAs/programs closed because of financial deficiencies/fiscal mismanagement.  

Notes:
DC PCSB = DC Public Charter School Board
BOE = DC Board of Education

Download List of Closed Public Charter Schools

All Closed Public Charter Schools, 1996-2017

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Growth with Quality

We have been focusing on increasing not only choice in the city but school quality.  Today, more students attend high performing public schools.  The Board approved 16 quality public charter school campuses/programs to expand between 2012 and 2017.    

Notes:
DC PCSB = DC Public Charter School Board
BOE = DC Board of Education

Download List of Expanded Public Charter Campuses/Programs

All Expanded Public Charter School Campuses, 1996-2017

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