We need to equip all our students with the education and skills that put them on the path to good jobs and a bright future – no matter where they live or what school they attend. Charter schools play an important role in meeting that obligation.”
– President Barack Obama
May 1st marks the beginning of National Charter Schools Week and Summit Academy’s students, parents, teachers, and communities will be joining in the celebration along with thousands of other public charter schools across the nation.
Every year, National Charter Schools Week helps to raise awareness about the amazing work done in public charter schools and the great gains made since the first charter school opened in 1992.
Whether it’s sharing the academic successes of students, spotlighting the dedication of teachers and administrators of charter schools, or highlighting the unique and beneficial approach charter schools take on education programming, this week promises a lot to celebrate and share.
Celebrate National Charter Schools Week
Parents and teachers, we want you to share your celebration of Summit Academy during National Charter Schools Week! Share your stories of what being a member of the Summit Academy community means to you on our Facebook page, using the hashtag #CharterSchoolWeek. We could feature your story in our next newsletter!
Charter Schools – What’s the Advantage?
- In just six years (2007-2013) the national enrollment in charter schools grew more than 100% from 1.29 million to 2.57 million students.
- As of the 2015-2016 school year, there were nearly 7,000 charter schools in the nation.
- Charter public schools enroll a greater percentage of students of color and from low-income backgrounds than district-run public schools.
- According to a 2013 study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, Students in charter public schools outperformed their district-run public school peers in reading and performed as well as students in district-run public schools in math.
- Additionally, a 2015 CREDO study found that students enrolled in urban charter schools (which account for 56% of the nation’s charter schools) gained 40 additional days of learning in math per year and 28 additional days in reading compared to their district school peers. In both studies, results were more pronounced for minority students from low-income backgrounds, and the results increased the longer a student was enrolled in a charter school.
Fast Facts About Ohio’s Charter Schools
- The first public charter school opened in Ohio more than 18 years ago. In the time since that number has grown to 395 schools as of 2014.
- More than 125,000 students are enrolled in charter schools in Ohio.
- The majority of charter schools are located in the Urban 8 Districts.
- 29% of Cleveland students are enrolled in charter schools, 27% of Dayton students are. enrolled in charter schools and 26% of Toledo students are enrolled in charter schools.
- 93% of charter schools are in site-based buildings with 80,442 students attending classes on-site.
- Of the 395 charter schools operating in Ohio, 269 are general education based, 35 are special education populations, and 91 are drop-out recovery schools.