Charter School Enrollment Numbers for Miami-Dade and Broward Rank in Top 10 Among School Systems Nationally, According to National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) Notes Continued Impact of Charter School Enrollment in Two of the Nation's Largest School Systems

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., (April 16, 2019) – Charter school enrollment numbers for the school districts in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties place them among the top ten nationally of all school systems, according to a report published earlier this year by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

The 65,289 students enrolled in Miami-Dade County charter schools is enough for Miami-Dade County Public Schools to be ranked third in the nation for charter school enrollment, behind only the Los Angeles Unified School District, with 163,575 students enrolled in charter schools, and the New York City Department of Education, with 111,805 students enrolled in charter schools.

Broward County charter schools held the eighth spot, nationally, with 46,478 students enrolled in public charter schools in the Broward County School District.  Ranked above number eight Broward were Philadelphia (4), Chicago (5), Houston (6) and Orleans Parish (7).

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools collected public school enrollment data from the 2017-2018 school year to identify communities across the country where the highest proportion of students were enrolled in charter schools.  2019 is the thirteenth year the report has been published.

The Miami-Dade and Broward school systems were closely ranked in terms of the percentage of students attending public charter schools.  In Miami-Dade, 18 percent of students were enrolled in public charter schools, or 65,289 students out of a total system enrollment of 354,515.  In Broward, it was 17 percent, or 46,478 of 272,271.  By comparison, the top 20 school systems in the nation, ranked by percentage of students attending charter schools, were all listed at 30 percent or more.

"Florida is a national leader in charter school enrollment and a pivotal force behind the charter school movement," said Robert Haag, President of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.  “It is gratifying to see the rankings of both the Miami-Dade and Broward school systems."

The full 2017-2018 report, entitled "A Growing Movement; America's Largest Charter Public School Communities, can be viewed or downloaded at:

About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools.  Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven.  FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking, and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.