U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans
Table 1. Selected Variables of Profiled K-8 Charter School Sites a
School and Location Year First Chartered & Authorizer Grades Enrollment Student Population Ethnicity Percentage English Language Learners Percentage Special Education Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Annual Cost per Student State Per-Pupil Funding Distinctive Features
Alain Locke Charter Academy
1999 Chicago Public Schools Board of Education Pre-K–8 505 94% African-American
5% White
1% Hispanic b
0 12% 89.0% b $7,000 $6,500 Year-round schedule
Amigos Por Vida—Friends for Life Charter School
1999 Texas State Board of Education Pre-K–6 374 98.6% Hispanic 0.7% African-American
0.7% White b 95.4% b
5% 99.7% b $8,829 $6,436 Dual language program in Spanish and English
Amistad Academy
New Haven, Conn.
1999 State of Connecticut K, 5–9 405 64% African-American
31% Hispanic
2% White b
10.0% b Less than 5% 84.0% b $11,000 $8,250 Data-driven instruction: use of interim assessments
Carl C. Icahn Charter School Bronx, N.Y. 2001 SUNY Charter Schools Institute K–7 278 59% African-American
41% Hispanic b
NA 5% 89.0% b $9,829 $9,084 Core Knowledge curriculum;e
professional development coaches for teachers
Cesar Chavez Academy
Pueblo, Colo.
2001 Pueblo City District Colorado K–8 1,100 75% Hispanic
23% White
1% African-American
1% Native American c
62.0% c 12% 62.0% b $8,696 $6,342 Core Knowledge
curriculum hybrid;f
tutoring support programs
The Intergenerational School
2000 Lucas County Educational Service Center K–7 114 86% African-American
4% White
1% Asian American
9% Multiracial
NA 8% 59.0% b $8,818 d $7,616 Multiage classrooms; Intergenerational focus
Pan-American Elementary Charter School
2001 Arizona State Board for Charter Schools K–7 270 97% Hispanic
2% African-American
0.4% White c
62.0% Less than 5 98.0% c $6,109 $6,080 Accelerated curriculum

a Unless otherwise indicated, these data are reported by the school and are for the school year 2006–07.
b These data are drawn from school report cards for 2005–06 posted on state education agencies’ Web sites.
c These data are reported online for 2005–06 at http://www.schoolmatters.com.
d Includes aftercare, summer camp, summer school.
e Core Knowledge curriculum developed by E. D. Hirsch to focus on key concepts of western civilization in mathematics, language, and more.
f Core Knowledge curriculum hybrid means the school uses some Core Knowledge curriculum and augments it with additional resources and materials.