For many years, about 10% of California’s K–12 students enrolled in private schools. However, private school enrollment began to decline in 2001–02 after the economy experienced a downturn due to the dot-com crash. Although the economy recovered before the latest recession, private school enrollment was closer to 8% in 2007–08 and has remained near 8% in 2008–09.
In the meantime, students and their parents looking for alternatives to traditional public schools have been increasingly choosing charter schools, which represented 4.6% of the public school population in 2008–09. The graph below was adapted from EdSource’s Resource Cards.
Data: California Department
of Education (CDE), 11/09