D.C. Public Charter School Enrollment Climbs by Nine Percent

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

For Immediate Release:  October 14, 2009
Contact: Audrey Williams  202-328-2748

Washington, D.C. — The D.C. Public Charter School Board today announced that the unaudited enrollment count for the 2009-2010 school year is 27, 953, just shy of the 28,000 projected enrollment. This is an increase of 2,385 students for this school year – a 9 percent increase over last year.

“With this increase, charter schools continue to be an attractive option for parents in the District of Columbia,” said Tom Nida, D.C Public Charter School Board Chair. “While these are unaudited numbers, historically the final audited numbers usually fall within 1-2 percent of the unaudited numbers,” he said.

The unaudited numbers are those reported by each school in October.  An official citywide audit, where each student will be counted, will be conducted in charter schools mid-October through December. The final count will be announced by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in late January 2010.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board currently oversees 57 public charter schools on 99 campuses, serving students living in every ward of the city.