The number of charter schools in California has increased steadily since 1992, when California first authorized charter schools.
By the 2007-08 school year, 688 charter schools operated throughout the state, representing 7% of all public schools. That year, charter schools enrolled 4% of the state's students. In absolute numbers, California has the most charter schools and students in the country.
Number of charter schools over time
|Percent of State's Enrollment||1.7%||2.2%||2.7%||3.2%||4.0%|
* Enrollment data are not available for a few schools each year.
Data: California Department of Education (CDE)