Charter Facts

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  • Charter Schools are public schools.
  • Colorado Charter Schools must be non-profit by law.
  • Charter schools do not charge tuition.
  • Charter schools use non-discriminatory enrollment practices.
  • There are no test-in requirements to attend charter schools.
  • Today, 261 public charter schools in Colorado serve over 135,000 students (2023-24).
  • Charter school enrollment in Colorado is over 15% of total public school enrollment in the state.
  • Charter school students must take state assessments.
  • Charter schools are subject to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
  • Charter schools serve a broad range of students, including low-income students, racial and ethnic students of color, and students with disabilities or other special needs.
  • Colorado charter schools are geographically dispersed across the state and serve urban, suburban, and rural communities across 70 localities in the state.
  • Charter school programs and academic designs are as diverse as the students they enroll. Some charters implement longer school days, while others implement curricula specifically designed for at-risk students, gifted children, pregnant/parenting teens, juvenile offenders, and more.


Charter Quick Facts (2022)


Charters By Numbers (2022)


Basic Charter Stats


Recent Successes


2019 State of Charter Schools Triennial Report