Utah’s charter school annual report for the 2009-10 school year was released today. It shows the charter movement in Utah continues to gain momentum since the first five charters opened here in 1999.
The Charter Quality Counts annual report on Utah’s public charter schools details all aspects of charter schools in the Beehive state and includes a variety of helpful information, such as a charter school map, data on student enrollment and profiles of Utah’s existing and planned public charter schools. You can search for schools by legislative district and State Board of Education district.
Interesting facts gleaned from the report:
- In the 2009-10 school year there were 72 charter schools in Utah educating 34,166 students. Next school year, the total will increase to 82.
- The vast majority of charters, 64 to be precise, are authorized through the Utah State Board of Education. Three are authorized by Salt Lake City School District; two by Logan City School District; one by Cache County School District; one by Iron County School District and one by Jordan School District.
- The Alpine School District has more charter schools within its boundaries than any other district in the state. There are 19 districts that have at least one charter school within their boundaries and 21 that don’t have any.
- Twenty-five percent of charter school students are economically disadvantaged, 16 percent are ethnic minorities, 8 percent are special education students and 7 percent are disadvantaged minority students. Enrollment is split 50/50 between female and male students.
- The most diverse charters are Guadalupe Charter School in the Salt Lake City School District and Uintah River High School in the Uintah District boundaries. All of Guadalupe’s students are considered economically disadvantaged, 94 percent are ethnic minorities and 12 percent have special needs. At Uintah High School, 96 percent of the students are ethnic minorities, 73 percent are economically disadvantaged and 15 percent have special needs.
Utah’s charter schools were created to be flexible and innovative and each has a unique approach to public education. As State Charter School Board Chairman Thomas Morgan put it:
“The vast majority of Utah charter schools operate in the spirit and design of the legislature’s founding vision. They are creative and inventive in their educational approach. We have observed tremendous parental involvement and impressive outreach to kids with challenging circumstances.”
Profiles of each of Utah’s distinct charter schools are included in detail in the Charter Quality Counts report here.