Impact

Charter Schools - Transforming Public Education

For thousands of parents and students in Arizona, public charter schools are the preferred choice in education.

In the 2020 school year, a record 213,822 students attended 556 Arizona charter schools. Over the past 10 years, Arizona charter schools have added about 10,000 students each year. Charter schools teach about 19 percent of Arizona’s public school students and comprise about 28 percent of the State’s public schools.

Arizona public charter schools serve a diverse student population. Like district schools, Arizona’s charter schools reflect the evolving demographics of the region. In fact, the charter school sector currently serves higher percentages of African-American, Asian, and multiracial students than districts. As the graph below shows, 59 percent of Arizona charter students identify in racial and ethnic groups other than white in the 2019-2020 school year.

Airizona charter schools have also raised the bar academically. From 2015 to 2018, charter schools had higher AzMERIT Pass Rates than the state average. In addition, every racial and ethnic subgroup of students posted higher pass rates in charter schools than their district peers. Use the dashboard below to explore trends in the AzMERIT pass rates from 2015 to 2018.

Quality Standards

Developed by the Arizona Charter Schools Association and Center for Student Achievement with the support of a federal grant, the Quality Standards Evaluation Tool is a set of guidelines used by school leaders and teachers to increase student achievement and strengthen school sustainability. 

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Public charter schools are increasingly the preferred choice among Arizona families, according to new 2016-17 student enrollment data.

In the 2016-17 school year, a record 185,900 students attended 556 Arizona charter schools, an increase of over 10,000 students – or 5.9 percent – over the 2015-16 school year. That’s about 17 percent of Arizona’s public school students and 30 percent of public schools. By comparison, year-over-year enrollment in Arizona district schools declined. Find out more here.

Arizona public charter schools serve a “majority minority” student population. In other words, the new data show that an increasing majority of Arizona’s charter school students are comprised of minority student groups. In fact, the charter school sector currently serves higher percentages of African-American, Asian, and multiracial students than districts. As the graph below shows, 55 percent of Arizona charter students identify in racial and ethnic groups other than white as of October 1, 2016.

Advocacy

The Association is committed to improving the political and regulatory landscape for charter students, families, and operators at the local, state, and federal levels.

Charters Changing Lives

With negative headlines splashed across news outlets, the hard work of our K-12 teachers and leaders is sometimes overshadowed and forgotten.

Newsroom

Latest charter news and information, student success stories, and upcoming community events.