RI Charter Public Schools Receive More Than 15,000 Applications - A New Record

Thursday, May 04, 2017
GoLocalProv News Team

RI Charter Public Schools Receive 15,430 Applications
Rhode Island charter public schools received a total of 15,430 applications for the 1,770 open sets available for the 2017-18 school year. The number represents an increase of 5.5% over the previous record of 14,628 set last year. 

The numbers come according to data put together by the Rhode Island Department of Education. 

"These numbers demonstrate that Rhode Island families are demanding, more than ever before, quality public school choice options. As a state, we must continue working to support great public schools, including traditional, charter, and career and technical public schools. Our students thrive in an education system that embraces and supports different learning needs,” said Timothy Groves, executive director of the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools.

This is the first time that applications to Rhode Island charter public schools have gone over 15,000 and represents a 29% increase in applications since the spring of 2014. 

Charter Schools in RI 

Charter public schools currently educate approximately 8,000 students, or just over 5% of the state's public school population. 

Charter schools are public schools, and when the applications to a charter public school exceed the number of open seats in that school, all of those applications go into a blind lottery held annually on March 1. Applicants who are randomly selected from the lottery pool are offered admission.

Rhode Island's 15 independent and three district charter schools range in size, but average about 300 students per school. 

Some schools are open to all public school students from across the state, and others are open to public school students in more narrowly defined geographical regions. 

Some are K-12, while others are K-5 or high school only. 

Families may apply to more than one charter school if they so choose. 

  • 17.

    West Warwick

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $3,793

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 22

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $60,873

     
  • 16.

    Exeter-West Greenwich 

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $4,332

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 32

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $79,522

     
  • 15.

    Westerly

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $3,828

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 43

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $84,729

     
  • 14.

    Chariho

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $2,923

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 84

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $86,495

     
  • 13.

    Coventry

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $3,117

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 52

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $93,111

     
  • 12.

    North Providence

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $4,246

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 45

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $131,749

     
  • 11.

    North Kingstown

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $3,268

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 113

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $144,173

     
  • 10.

    South Kingstown

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $3,942

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 77

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $155,384

     
  • 9.

    Johnston

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $5,010

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 39

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $157,544

     
  • 8.

    Warwick

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $4,017

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 64

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $195,221

     
  • 7.

    East Providence 

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $4,324

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 55

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $195,633

     
  • 6.

    Woonsocket

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $3,683

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 120

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $313,435

     
  • 5.

    Cumberland

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $2,536

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 350

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $417,341

     
  • 4.

    Lincoln

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $4,179

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 168

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $474,707

     
  • 3.

    Cranston

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $3,740

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 200

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $564,566

     
  • 2.

    Central Falls

    District Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $4,979

    Average Charter Per Pupil Special Education Cost: $1,332

    # Students to Charters: 1,061

    Total Actual District Losses to Charters: $3,560,025

     

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