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Table 1: Selected Variables of Profiled Charter High School Sitesa

School and Location Year First Chartered and Authorizer Grades/Enrollment Student Population Ethnicity Percentage in Special Education Free & Reduced-price Lunch Annual Cost per Student State Per-Pupil Funding College Course Enrollment Number of Advanced Placement Courses Offered Percentage of 2- and 4-year College Acceptance (class of 2005) Number of Graduates 2005 College Attendance Class of 2005 Distinctive Features
Gateway High School
San Francisco, Calif.
1998
Local district
9–12 / 440 20% African-American
21% Asian American
23% Hispanic
32% white
25% 33% $8,255 $6,071 plus $457 other state and federal funds Offered 6 74% 4-year
35% 2-year
94 73% 4-year
22% 2-year
4% jobs
1% military
  • College preparatory curriculum that exceeds University of California admissions requirements.
  • Advisory and house community system
  • Personalized support for all learners
Media and Technology Charter High School (MATCH)
Boston, Mass.
1999
State
9–12 / 185 67% African-American
7% Asian American
21% Hispanic
5% white
9% 72% $16,000b $10,815 Required 4 100% 4-year 22 100% 4-year
  • Partnership with Boston University, students take 2 college humanities classes senior year at BU.
  • Students receive 2 hours of tutoring daily from MATCH Corps tutors.
  • AP for all required.
Minnesota New Country School
Henderson, Minn.
1994
Local district
7–12 / 118 2% African-American
0% Asian American
5% Hispanic
94% white
24% 25% $9,100 $9,100 Offered 0 80% 4-year
20% 2-year
15 80% 4-year
20% 2-year
  • Student-centered, project-based learning curriculum
  • School run by teacher cooperative
North Star Academy Charter School of Newark
Newark, N.J.
1997
State
5–12 / 125 high school only; total 384 in 3 schools 85% African-American
0% Asian American
14% Hispanic
0% white
7% 90% $9,090c $9,090 Not offered 3 100% 4-year 21 90% 4-year
10% 2-year
  • North Star's combined classes 2004–05 have the highest rate of 4-year college acceptance and attendance of any N.J. public school regardless of income level of student population.
  • School culture developed through community circle and school rituals
  • Data-driven instruction: use of interim assessments, analyzing results, and making changes to improve student learning
The Preuss School
La Jolla, Calif.
1999
Local district
6–12 / 772 13% African-American
23% Asian American
58% Hispanic
6% white
2% 100% $7,551 $5,393 Offered 12 91% 4-year
9% 2-year
75 84% 4-year
16% 2-year
  • Partnership with school located on University of California, San Dieogo campus
  • Teachers actively engaged in professional development
  • All students will be the first in their family to attend college.
The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
1998
D.C. Public Charter School Board
7–12 / 320 99% African-American
0% Asian American
1% Hispanic
0% white
13% 78% $33,000 $30,000 stated plus $1,000 federal Not offered 4 100% 4-year 13 88% 4-year
12% jobs
  • Public boarding school
  • Ninth-grade "gate" ensures students have mastered academic and social skills before starting college preparatory upper-school program.
Toledo School For The Arts
Toledo, Ohio
1999
Toledo Board of Education
6–12 / 379 37.5% African-American
1% Asian American
5.1% Hispanic
56.4% white
5% 44% $7,138 $5,890 Offered 0 65% 4-year
8% 2-year
39 65% 4-year
8% 2-year
25% jobs
2% military
  • Visual, music, theater, and dance performing arts school
  • Artnerships with community organizations and professional artists
YES College Preparatory School, Southeast campus
Houston, Texas
1998
State
6–12 / 665 5% African-American
1% Asian American
92% Hispanic
2% white
2% 78% $7,205 $6,500 Required 9 100% 4-year 75 87% 4-year
12% 2-year
  • 58% of juniors and 70% of seniors enrolled in dual-credit program with Houston Community College Southeast Campus.
  • Strong parent involvement includes workshop classes for families

a Data reported by schools both here and in profiles are for 2005–06 school year.

b Includes $1,800 facility costs plus $3,000 residential tutoring MATCH Corps cost.

c Does not include building purchase/renovation expenses.

d U.S. Congress and D.C. Council amended education budget for boarding charter schools in D.C.

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Last Modified: 10/16/2006