U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

Figure 1. Demographics of Profiled Charter Schools

School and Location Year First Chartered and Authorizer Grades Enrollment Student Ethnicity English Learners Subsidized Meals Special Needs Per Pupil Spending Distinctive Programs and Features
The Arts and Technology
Academy Public Charter School
Washington, D.C.
1998 Special charter school board
Pre-K-6
615
98% Afr. Am.
2% Other
0%
97%
7%
$8,650
  • Basic skills plus arts
  • Extended day/year
  • Mosaica national management affiliation
BASIS School, Inc. Tucson, Ariz. 1998 State
5-12
246
74% White 12% Hispanic
4% Afr. Am.
10% Asian Am.
1%
Not applicable
1%
$5,339
  • European academic tradition
  • 12 of 30 courses qualify as Advanced Placement
  • Only Arizona school to have scores above the 90th percentile on math SAT 9 in all grades
Community of Peace Academy St. Paul, Minn. 1995 Local district
K-12
546
70% Hmong
20% Afr. Am.
10% Hispanic, Eritrian, White, Vietnamese, & Am. Indian
75%
80%
10%
$10,355
  • Non-violent community focus and award-winning character education program
  • High levels of support for English language learners
  • Looping to build relationships and support
KIPP Academy Houston Houston, Texas 1994 State
5-8
346
77% Hispanic
21% Afr. Am.
2% Asian Am. & White
8%
86%
5%
$8,670
  • KIPP, Inc. national college prep program
  • Extended day/year
  • 85% of students enter college; 94% are first-generation college students
Oglethorpe Charter School Savannah, Ga. 1998 Local district
6-8
319
51% White
38% Afr. Am.
4% Asian Am.
3% Hispanic
4% Other
0%
20%
5%
$6,000
  • Parent contract to donate 20 hours a year
  • Core Knowledge curriculum
  • Character education focus
Ralph A. Gates Elementary School
Lake Forest, Calif. (Los Angeles Basin)
1999 Local district
K-6
850
72% Hispanic
22% White
2% Asian Am.
2% Filipino
1% Afr. Am.
1% Multi-racial
44%
63%
5%
$5,367
  • School facility houses two-way Spanish-English immersion charter program for 43% of students
  • Multiple language programs during and after school for students and parents
  • Regrouping across classes and grades for reading and math
Roxbury Preparatory Charter School Boston, Mass. 1999 State
6-8
180
80% Afr. Am.
20% Hispanic
0%
56%
7%
$12,910
  • 66% of students enter below grade level; 100% continue in college prep high schools
  • Mandated homework support, Saturday school, summer school for poor grades
  • Curriculum developed by staff based on student performance on school comprehensive exams
The School of Arts and Sciences Tallahassee, Fla. 1999 Local district
K-8
226
62% White
22% Afr. Am.
6% Hispanic
3% Asian Am.
7% Multi-racial
2%
19%
22%
$5,750
  • Multi-age classrooms, looping
  • Developmental, project-based approach
  • No grades; student portfolios

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