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Charter Schools Overview


What are Charter Schools?

Generally, a charter school is a publicly funded school established and managed by an independent group or organization under the terms of a charter with a local education authority. In Maryland, there is a Public Charter School Program that is governed by the Public Charter School Act of 2003 .The Charter School Program is established to provide an alternative means, within a public school system, of providing innovative learning opportunities and creative educational approaches to improve the education of students. more

Charter Schools in Maryland

For the 2014-2015 academic year, there are 47 charter schools in the State of Maryland.The 47 schools include charter schools with students in grades K-12. Of the 47 charter schools, there are 5 charter high schools with students who graduated between 2008 and 2013.The number of graduates from those 5 schools is 1,062.


The subject of this data snapshot is the 1,062 Charter High School Students who graduated between 2008 and 2013, including:

Future Analysis

This is the first data snapshot created by the Center. As more data are loaded into the system, the Center plans to add information to this snapshot, including:

  • Information on charter school enrollments;
  • Workforce outcomes;
  • College persistence, retention, and graduation; and
  • Comparisons of charter school student to non-charter school student outcomes.