According to a report (PDF) published by the NC Department of Public Instruction, 79,575, or 5.2 percent, of North Carolina’s public school students attend a charter school in North Carolina this year. That is an increase of over 10,000 students and 0.7 percentage points compared to 2015.
While North Carolina’s 158 charter schools are physically located in only half of the state’s counties, all families have access to charters. Students are permitted to cross county lines to attend the charter school of their choice. In addition, the state has two virtual charter schools that allow students anywhere in the state to enroll. As a result, Clinton City Schools is the only district that has no students within its boundaries enrolled in a charter school. Fifteen districts have fewer than 10 charter school students, but it is a start.