Minnesota’s Charter School Enrollment continues to grow according to the figures published by the MN Department of Education. According to the October 1, 2017 enrollment reports there were over 56,200 students enrolled in charter schools in grades K-12 – an increase of about 2,800 students over the previous year – despite the fact there is one less charter school in 2017-2018 . Charter schools now enroll 6.5% of K-12 students in Minnesota.
Demographically Minnesota’s charter schools continue to be more diverse than the overall public school population in the state.
- 54% of charter school students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch compared to 37% of all public school students.
- 21% of charter school students are Limited English Proficient compared to 8% of all public school students.
- 59% of charter school students are Minority Students compared to 33% of all public school students.
The one population in charter schools that is less than the state average is Special Education Students – 13.5% in charter schools verses 14.1 % of all public school students.