D.C. charter enrollment continues to soar as more families choose public charter schools

The Washington Post’s Alejandro Matos reports that enrollment in D.C. public schools continues to climb, especially in the charter schools. This increase comes from new unaudited numbers from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

The number of students in D.C. schools reached nearly 90,500 this school year, up 3 percent from the previous year.

The city’s charter schools saw their largest overall increase in enrollment since the 2012-2013 school year. This school year, 41,677 students enrolled in charter schools, a 7 percent increase from last year, bringing total charter school enrollment to 46 percent of the city’s public school enrollment. 

D.C. Public Schools, the traditional school system, saw its smallest increase since the 2012-2013 school year, with just 338 additional students enrolling in the system’s schools. That’s a gain of less than 1 percent from the previous school year, putting the school system’s total enrollment at 48,777.

Michelle Lerner, a spokeswoman for the school system, said it expects to reach its goal of enrolling 50,000 by the end of the school year after “students transfer from other schools.” The system regularly sees a significant number of transfers after the school year starts. Read more here.