What are Charter Schools?


Charter schools are independently-managed, free public schools open to all NYC children. Charter schools are an important part of NYC’s public education system.

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Charter schools serving 95,000 students in all five boroughs
An estimated 43,000 students are currently on a charter school wait list
Percent of charter school students are African-American and Latino
Percent of charter students receiving free or reduced-price lunch
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Inside NYC Charter Schools

Charter Students Are Succeeding


“The typical New York City charter student learns more reading and math in a year than his or her public school peers.”

The New York Times, Editorial, February 22, 2013


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Special Needs

Special Needs

Charter schools not only serve students with special needs, but they are more likely to move students out of special education over time.

English Language Learners

English Language Learners

ELLs in charter schools are more likely to attain proficiency in English and become “former ELLs” at a faster rate than their district counterparts.

Best Practices

Best Practices

Charter schools are committed to sharing best practices with their district school counterparts and improving public education for all students.

What Charter Families Are Saying

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